History of Mannequins Tracks the Aesthetic Tyranny of Consumerism

Are mannequins just garment enhancers that let prospective consumers visualize what an outfit looks like on a human body, or are they creepy holdovers from the Egyptian aesthetes that first help shape the Western gaze? Both, of course — according to a recent overview of mannequin history in Collectors Weekly, the… » 12/08/13 2:00pm 12/08/13 2:00pm

Pinning Clothing So It Fits the Mannequin Better Is The Devil's Work

Recently inside a certain store — let's call it, uh, Pineapple Commonwealth — a casual browsing turned into a frustrating discovery: Everything on display had been pulled, cinched, pinned and manipulated to create incredibly misleading illusions. These people were selling a pack of lies. » 6/10/13 3:30pm 6/10/13 3:30pm

Oh Look! A Reasonably-Sized Mannequin for Real Human Women

This mannequin is from the Swedish department store Åhléns. Notice anything different about it? Unlike its waifish cousins silently judging you from the Wet Seal store window, this mannequin is based on a model between sizes 12 and 16 (according to Good's Yasha Wallin, the average woman is a size 14). » 3/24/13 4:30pm 3/24/13 4:30pm