Mannequins

Dress forms have been around for ages, with possibly the oldest one discovered in 1923 in King Tutankhamun’s tomb dating back to approximately 1350 B.C! What started as a basic and utilitarian human-like frame morphed through the ages from simple busts to elaborate European fashion dolls to the mannequins we see casually hanging out at store windows today. Not very casually actually, since they might actually be sizing you up for the powers that be.

Not surprisingly, these adjustable, modifiable  human stand-ins also ended up in many works of art. And more recently, like this unwed lady who responded to the pressures of having a family by simply going out and buying herself the perfect one. And then spending 14 years documenting their life together.

Or this mannequin-dancer-robot-monster. Wow, that eye contact.

Jordan Wolfson’s piece at David Zwirner Gallery

 

As you go through the folder, you can see window displays and how mannequins changed shape over the years, including some old and abandoned ones from a mannequin factory. You will also find pictures of their modern utilitarian versions – crash test dummies.

One of the highlights of this folder is a 7-page vintage 1920s catalog for a French mannequin maker. Each Flapper era mannequin is shown here in beautifully lit, black and white images.

Including the ones below, the Mannequins folder has a total of 38 items.

 

 

 

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Cover for the The “Succes” Collection catalog by Mannequins Siegel Bruxelles

 

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Right : Model No. 51001 – Imitation Wax

 

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Middle : Google says it means “Remember that we submit a model at home”. Left : Model No. 51005 – Resistant to all temperatures Right : Model No. 51004 – Washable and easy to maintain

 

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Left : Model No. 51002 – Make up does not alter in light. Right : Model No. 51003 – Google thinks it means “Resistant composition and unlimited duration”

 

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Petrole Hahn, 1931 – Gelatin Silver Print – Photo by Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern

 

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Avenue de Gobelins, 1925 Gold-toned albumen print – Photo by Eugene Atget

 

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Early window displays

 

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Oh my, look how costly the US woman has to be.

 

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Stare, Detroit Mannequin Factory – 1999

 

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Top : Four Faces, Detroit Mannequin Factory – 1999. Bottom : Baby Faces And Hands, Detroit Mannequin Factory -1999

 

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From “Modern Maturity” magazine – April/May 1978

 

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Window display 1

 

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Window display 2

 

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Window display 3

 

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“I prefer my pants just so” window display 4

 

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Window display 5

 

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Posted on October 3, 2014, in Mannequins, Picture Collection and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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