A friend of mine was recently cleaning out her attic and found her old Fashion Plates set from when she was a girl. She told us that she brought it out “for her daughter to play with” but then recanted her days as a young girl dreaming of being a fashion designer all because of this simple toy. Original versions of the toy came with several “outfits”, usually a dress, pant suit and a jumper of sorts all in the 1970’s and 1980’s style. By mixing and matching 3 plates, you created an outfit that you transferred onto paper by crayon rubbing over the raised plates. Then, girls would spend an enormous amount of time meticulously coloring in their fashion designs with colored pencils. The styles have changed but fashion plates still exist. The fashion icon herself, Barbie, endorses the product with Fashion Plates Barbie!