Margot Robbie's Outfits Are Inspired By Vintage Barbies And Supermodels

Margot Robbie might be the best-dressed celeb this year, and it’s all thanks to Barbie and supermodels.

By Nicole Dominique2 min read
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The highly-anticipated Barbie movie is eyeing a whopping $80 million to $100 million opening, with presales surpassing The Little Mermaid and Oppenheimer. Fans first caught wind of the film when photos of Margot Robbie and her co-star Ryan Gosling in rollerskating gear got leaked on the internet.

Since then, Barbie's trailers and brilliant promotional stunts have fueled endless excitement among social media users. Robbie has also become a style icon on her carpet appearances and in interviews. The Australian actress's inspiration came from none other than '90s supermodels and vintage Barbie dolls touting ultrafeminine outfits – here are her best looks. 

Claudia Schiffer

The Babylon star recently wore a flashy, pink (of course) mini Versace dress at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia. With a sweetheart neckline top, cinched waist, and short a-line skirt, Robbie successfully channeled Barbie at the celebration party – and the credit goes to model Claudia Schiffer. Schiffer wore the dress at a Paris Versace fashion show in 1994 and danced the night away.


This week, Schiffer uploaded a throwback photo of her and Crawford in plaid Chanel jackets, followed by a snapshot of Robbie in the same attire. “Margot Robbie has great taste 😉 @chanelofficial & @versace looks then and now,” Schiffer wrote in the caption.

Karen Mulder 

Robbie showcased a polka dot halter-neck mini dress by Valentino earlier this year at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Fashionistas identified the dress and found it was previously worn by supermodel Karen Mulder, known as the "real-life Barbie" in the '90s. Her original dress in 1993 was more of a Bordeaux color and midi length. 

Versace Models

This is my favorite – I am completely obsessed with this look. Robbie donned a classic pink turtleneck sweater with a metallic skirt, white loafers, and purple socks. This fit was once popularized and worn by a group of supermodels, and the 1994 Versace campaign photo featured Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Stephanie Seymour.

The 1960s “Sparkling Pink” Barbie

The actress's whimsical getup at a recent Barbie press conference in Seoul was inspired by 1964's "Sparkling Pink" Barbie. She wore a custom Moschino skirt suit embellished with crystals, pairing the pink set with a heart-shaped purse and bow hat. She also put on a pair of open-toe heels by Manolo Blahnik.

Day to Night Barbie 

This week, the Focus actress showed up in a pink midi dress and heels at a premiere in Seoul. She wore a second outfit and opted for a hot pink blazer, skirt, necktie, and white fedora, and paired it with a big phone from the '80s, white heels, and a small purse. 

These flashy 'fits were based on the 1984 "Day to Night" Barbie, which came with a reversible skirt and other items so kids could easily alter her style. 

The Original

Last but not least, Robbie nails it again by dressing as the first-ever Barbie doll released in 1959. Robbie wore a black and white Hervé Léger dress at Australia's Bondi Beach, and her blonde hair was styled in a wavy ponytail with a side bang.

Greta Gerwig's Barbie will be released on July 21, 2023. The star-studded cast includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Hari Nef, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa, Ana Cruz Kayne, Sharon Rooney, Emerald Fennell, Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Nicola Coughlan, Alexandra Shipp, and Ritu Arya.

As the release of the movie approaches, the excitement continues to build, signaling a renewed appreciation for femininity and the long-lasting appeal of Barbie. It's been a long time since a fun, "girly" film – especially one that embraces femininity and lightheartedness – has been released. Unlike the recent portrayals of "empowered" women in films, Barbie embraces her femininity, showcasing her relatability for countless girls worldwide.

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