The collector: Estelle Rigoudy, Bordeaux, France.
The collection: Barbies.
The story behind the collection...
Once upon a time a little spoilt girl...
When I was a child, at around the age of 4 years old, I received my first Barbie from my parents. Due to the admiration that I had for it, Barbies and their accessories became my favourite present for birthdays, Christmas and any occasion. I guess my collection started there, and it was when I first bought a Barbie for myself that I considered myself a collector.
What is it you like about them?
They represent the American doll from the 1970s.
How long have you been collecting?
A lot of these Barbies were collected during my childhood and the rest were bought more recently through second hand sellers.
How many do you have?
I have 60 Barbies and 8 Ken dolls and a lot of accessories such as cars, houses, horses and a swimming pool.
Where is your collection kept?
They used to be in my bedroom displayed over half of the room. Each of them in it's own specific place. Now I conserve them in their boxes preciously waiting...
Do you have a favourite?
My favourite is the one that represents Claudia Schiffer. Why? I guess for sentimental reasons relating to the person who gave it to me.
Is there anything missing from your current collection?
I guess I am not looking for any Barbie in particular, but if I have the good fortune to stumble across a vintage Barbie or one suitable for my collection I'll make sure I get my hands on it!
Do you have any other collections?
I also collect shoes, the same as all girls! But I also have a collection of photographs of toilets which I started whilst studying for my Masters in Product Design.
Are you obsessed?
Not any more, but I will say that I used to be. I still get a lot of pleasure out of looking at them.
Images © Estelle Rigoudy and used with her kind permission.