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Thursday, 2 December, 1999, 12:42 GMT
Posh and Elton's Barbie party
Sir Elton, Victoria and David Furnish hosted the Barbie ball

Spice Girl Victoria Beckham joined pop veteran Sir Elton John to host the Art of Barbie Ball at London's Natural History Museum.

Posh Spice arrived at the celebrity charity event in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation wearing a revealing backless pink dress, despite earlier criticisms that she is too thin.

Sir Elton, who was accompanied by his partner David Furnish, looked equally glamorous in a spangly white suit.

Lulu and 'It' girl Tamara Beckwith were among the other famous faces who turned out to lend their support to the event. Beckwith wore a fluffy white coat with shiny pink trousers - her own interpretation of Barbie girl fashion.

All the guests had been instructed to look as much like the pocket-sized icon as possible, in honour of a special display of extra chic Barbie dolls inside the museum.

Designer-dressed Barbies from the show
Unveiled at the ball, the 50 dolls were dressed in specially made creations from some of the world's leading artists and fashion designers.

The exhibition will be auctioned for charity in April 2000. Before then, the public will get the chance to marvel at the miniature models.

One with nose piercings and ripped denim jeans has been created by John Paul Gaultier.

Another by fellow designer Paloma Picasso has been dressed in a black evening gown with a red silk Aids ribbon draped about her shoulders.

While artist Alex Burt has adorned his Barbie with green serpents writhing from her head.

However, sculptor Marc Quinn has offered the most controversial interpretation - a decapitated Barbie head smeared with blood-red paint but described as a "fantastic piece" by Barbie's makers Mattel.

The Elton John Aids Foundation hopes to make 150,000 at next year's auction. The money will be added to the estimated 100,000 raised by Wednesday night's ball.

The Art of Barbie goes on public display at The Proud Galleries in London throughout March 2000

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