Key West’s Southernmost Mansion on Nov. 16 hosts the Mojo Dojo Casa House party to honor Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

The Southernmost Mansion, Key West’s own Barbie Dreamhouse, with its pink hues and historic gingerbread details, was the ideal setting for a Barbie-themed party, presented by owner Michael Halpern and the Key West Film Festival.

The festival honored costume designer Jacqueline Durran, who designed the costumes for the summer blockbuster “Barbie.” Durran won Oscars in 2013 and 2020 for costume design – and has been nominated for her work on six other movies.

The film festival hosted a Q&A with Durran and presented her with its annual Golden Key Award for excellence in the filmmaking industry.

The Nov. 16 party included a Barbie box in which attendees could have their photograph taken. And what would a party to honor a costume designer be without over-the-top costumes and a contest to boot? 

The Key West Weekly’s own Britt and Kirby Myers won the best couple costume.

Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.