Barbie’s $600k outfit.

Barbie®  celebrated the exclusive launch of the stylish Barbie Basics Collection with a Little Black Dress event at the ‘Rosemount Diamond In You’ VIP Bar on-site at RAFW today. To coincide with the Barbie Basics launch, leading Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi collaborated with the Barbie design team to create the world’s most expensive Barbie doll.  Valued at $AUD600,000, Barbie by Canturi was unveiled as a world first against the back drop of the Sydney Opera House, providing a suitably breath-taking photo opportunity.

 Stefano Canturi searched for a rare, collectable pink diamond to be the centre feature amongst white diamonds in his signature style Cubism necklace and pink diamond ring which adorns Barbie’s right hand. The pink diamond inspired by Barbie is a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine. The 1.00ct square emerald (cut) diamond, notable for its distinctive purplish pink hue, is a rare and unique collector’s item.Always on trend, Barbie has gone back to wardrobe basics celebrating the most essential item in any fashionista’s closet – the Little Black Dress (LBD). An icon of subtle sophistication and glamour, the LBD takes fashion to new heights with the Barbie® Basics™ doll line.  The collection consists of 12 beautiful dolls, each with a different hairstyle, skin tone and LBD.

Robert Best, celebrated Barbie Principal Designer, responsible for designing some of the most iconic Barbie dolls, flew in from Mattel Head Office in Los Angeles to host the event and reveal the dazzling world first Barbie by Canturi. Stay tuned for my interview with him.

As we arrvied into the black and white themed Rosemount VIP Bar, and we were asked to choose our very own Barbie Basics doll. Robert Best was on hand to help me personalise my own Barbie Basics doll (for my niece Calista). Mine is called Megan :). See my happy snaps below…



  1. Dear Whatshotandwhatsnot,

    Many thanks for helping us celebrate the launch of our favourite girl, ‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’!

    We’d love to keep you up to date with Canturi news, such as the record breaking sale of ‘Barbie by Stefano Canturi’ (BBSC) at Christie’s, New York and a ‘Making of BBSC’ film, special commission pieces designed for Hollywood and a new artisan fragrance by our jewellery designer, Stefano Canturi.

    What is the best contact email address or phone number for Whatshotandwhatsnot?

    Best, Kiran (Canturi Jewels Marketing Assistant,

    • Thanks for your comment. I have my eye on the Metropoilis ring as a gift. Who can I contact about it? Cheers, Donny Galella

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