Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This blog is a product of my lifelong fascination with mannequins. My initial intent was to get more of a behind the scenes look at how and where mannequins are made -- something about fleets of headless or half painted bodies piled next to bushels of fake hair and moveable fingers intrigued me. After sweet-talking my way into a Brooklyn factory (with a video camera, no less) where thousands of mannequins are made yearly, I began to discover the remarkable ways in which mannequins are representative of an ever-changing human ideal that can be traced back to the Industrial Revolution. This and other discoveries are documented on this blog, which I have stopped updating, but that I hope will still be enjoyed by those with a Mr. Rogers, land-of-make-believe like fascination with nude people made of fiberglass.