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Mannequin or Memorex
August 18, 2004 6:08 AM   Subscribe

The making of Lauren... from woman to mannequin, step by step. (mild sculptural nudity - link via A Complete Waste of Time)
posted by Orb (16 comments total)

 
Wouldn't it just be cheaper to clone her?
posted by Outlawyr at 6:12 AM on August 18, 2004


Or get Andrew McCarthy?



... OH WE CAN BUILD THIS THING TOGETHER, STANDING STRONG FOREVER, NOOOOTHING'S GOING TO STOP US NOW...
posted by Stan Chin at 6:18 AM on August 18, 2004


Wouldn't it just be cheaper to clone her?

No, her head would be too big.
posted by lagado at 6:46 AM on August 18, 2004


Wow. That site killed Mozilla.
posted by JanetLand at 6:57 AM on August 18, 2004


It takes more than a month to make one of those things? Lauren must be working pretty cheap.

Pretty interesting, though, for a standard girl-meets-mold story. (And it rendered fine on my Mozilla, though it is unnecessarily java-heavy.)
posted by chicobangs at 7:03 AM on August 18, 2004


Very cool, Orb! I've always wondered about the mannequin creation process. (I once visited a warehouse with hundreds of mannequins and their various body parts in piles. It was a pretty freaky place and not somewhere I'd want to be trapped after dark)
posted by shoepal at 7:22 AM on August 18, 2004


It crashed my Firefox browser the first time I clicked on a photo and then back, but after restarting the browser I had no problems. I wonder what did it.

On preview: shoepal, that's a great concept for a hide-and-seek sequence in a noir thriller!
posted by Songdog at 7:24 AM on August 18, 2004


Ah, the eternal struggle to make the perfect woman

Seriously, though, interesting stuff. I had always imagined that mannequins were life-castings, a la Dwayne Hanson (tried to scare up some links to his work, but couldn't find anything).

PS: Crashed Safari too, after a few minutes of browsing.
posted by adamrice at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2004


Duane Hanson Life Casting

It didn't crash for me, but I suspect it has something to do with the stupid Anfy applet on that page. Applets are evil (IMO).
posted by Orb at 7:58 AM on August 18, 2004


I just thought they did it like in House of Wax.
posted by Vidiot at 9:30 AM on August 18, 2004


On preview: shoepal, that's a great concept for a hide-and-seek sequence in a noir thriller!

Yeah, just like Pris did in Blade Runner! ;)
posted by Foosnark at 10:21 AM on August 18, 2004


Now this is a good FPP.
posted by spazzm at 10:40 AM on August 18, 2004


Neat! I want somebody to make a Lauren for me, now.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:19 PM on August 18, 2004


Fascinating.
posted by DBAPaul at 12:51 PM on August 18, 2004


Neat. I'm wondering when (or even if) this method will be supplanted by 3D printer (a.k.a. rapid prototyping) technology. They could just laser scan the human model and build the plastic model as needed.
posted by RylandDotNet at 5:27 PM on August 18, 2004


I'd think rapid prototyping a real person to create a mannequin mold won't take off for a while at least. First off, I'd imagine that the sculptors are cheaper. Secondly, even though some mannequins today, though appearing quite realistic, are still very stylized and created to make clothing look as enticing as possible.

When you look at the side by side comparison photo, you can see that though it does look somewhat like the life model they started with, it's not an exact duplicate of her. It's still a little stylized (neck longer, waist to shoulder lengthen, knees smoother, etc). Even the most beautiful human being has defects of some sort. Though it would be great if normal, average women (and men) could walk into a store and see clothing on mannequins that were equally normal and realistic, I don't see that happening.

Besides, it would put all these sculptors out of work, and we can't have roaming bands of unemployed sculptors out on the streets. :D
posted by Orb at 7:43 PM on August 18, 2004


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