There's no doubt that I was a diehard Barbie doll fan as a little girl. After I finally decided to put away my Sleeping Beauty doll for the final time and park her bright pink jeep in my closet for good, it wasn't long before I knew it was time to give away all of those shoes, dresses, and accessories that came with the plethora of dolls I had collected, too.
However, accessory designer Sara Gallo took an alternate route and kept all of her miniature Barbie shoes to create vibrant jewelry and fashion and start a colorfully successful business.
Gallo had an affinity toward crafting in her younger years, as she would create flower crowns out of dandelions and handmade feather pens for her friends (to help them feel more like Clueless' Cher, we're sure). But it wasn't until the college ceramics class she wanted to take was full and she had to enroll in a metal-making jewelry one instead, that her love for creating jewelry became more than just a hobby.
A visit home from college caused her to pull out her beloved Barbie box. When she got back to her studio, she drilled holed into each of the tiny shoes and strung them into a bracelet that garnered plenty of attention. That first bracelet inspired more, and after teaching some art classes and holding Barbie doll-inspired craft shows her work was finally featured on Fab.com as well as in spreads for Vogue, and her business was born.
But Gallo didn't stop at jewelry. Not long after, she began to create real-life clothing out of all of those Barbie doll shoes, and the results are simply incredible.
"I've always had soooo many Barbie shoes (literally two billion at one point) that I felt compelled to just jump into a massive pile of them and go swimming!" she told HelloGiggles. "I've had soem photo shoots in which models did just that. The way they feel being work as jewelry is an entirely different experience than wearing them as clothing. I wanted to incorporate the aesthetic of my jewelry designs into coutoure art pieces that offer a whole new experience."
Next up for the innovative designer? She has a few other lines of jewelry on the way, including Miss Menses, which includes silver tampon earrings, menstrual cup tiaras, and birth control brooches.