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March 9th

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In 1957, yet another chapter was written in our storied history when fashion designer Charlotte Johnson selected this legendary landmark as her residence in Tokyo while designing the original ensemble for the world's most iconic doll--Barbie. During her nearly yearlong stay in the second-generation Imperial Hotel, famously known as the Wright Building, she found quiet solitude for completing her task while using a sewing machine placed in her room by the hotel upon her request. It was on this date 58 years ago that these same costumes, and their inspired beginnings within The Imperial, found their way into countless homes, inspiring children for generations to come.

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