The dress is elegant. I was so happy with this doll that I decided to clean and re-organize my collection. The goal is to have fewer dolls on display, and to clean every dusty surface. I may have to list a few gently handled dolls on an e-commerce site soon.
The displays were very impressive. We saw some of the dioramas and sets that we had only seen in catalogs and other official Mattel mailings. Archival footage of the old factory in Japan was played on a loop. A few collectors were treated to a preview of this at the Arlington, VA convention in 2015. Which reminds me, I really should send my registration form for the Houston convention.
We had opportunities to visit other Barbie exhibits in Italy, but opted for more local fare and "only in Europe" sightseeing. There were times when I regretted not bringing a travel doll, but our plan was to travel light. We traveled so lightly that I was almost in tears when I learned that we were in Florence right on time for the fashion week festivities and I had nothing "fabulous" to wear. ;)