Like the larger fashion industry, mannequin design echoes seasonal styles that come and go, both in regard to technological improvements and the way we view our bodies. “It’s often the body attitudes and facial expressions that reflect what’s going on socially,” says Hale. Accordingly, the stiff, unnatural bodies of early mannequins were well-matched for the Victorian Era‘s restrictive ideas about women’s rights and fashions, which dictated they wear many layers of heavy fabric over tight-fitting corsets.
The obvious reason, says Southgate, is that people are conditioned to seeing glamorous and made-up women, while for men those things are taboo. Mannequins by their very nature tend to look too pretty, too perfect, and attaining a truly masculine edge is difficult. “Even when you do get a male mannequin with the right look,” says Southgate, “you’ve got to reassure the male customer with tweeds and natural wood and nice masculine elements all around the display.”The story about the Swedish mannequins
In October 2010 Swedish project manager and blogger Rebecka Silvekroon took a photo of a “fuller-figured” mannequin at a Swedish department store and posted it on her blog Becka.nu. It was posted along with a positive note of how “real” and healthy it looked. Nothing much happened at that point. But in the middle of March 2013 it started to spread in social media. And it spread fast! After just a couple of days the photo had been liked more than 1 million times in total on Facebook!The Politics of Mannequins, Part I ~ Part II ~ Part III - Mannequins in Art
Essays by Tove Hermanson for Thread For ThoughtMannequins & Body Image
A collection of articles on how mannequins impact the the body image of women and minorities, and the psychological impact of mannequins.BONUS:
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