Initially produced by the Rencontres d’Arles for its 2012 edition, the exhibition Mannequin - le corps de la mode is now being extended in Paris by Galliera as part of its extra-mural programme at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design.
Close to a 120 prints, the majority of which are from the Galliera museum collections, as well as videos, fashion magazines and other works were gathered for this exhibition. Photographs by famous names such as Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Juergen Teller are displayed alongside life-size objects including window mannequins and dummies.
Models were once called "mannequins", a borrowing from French and initially a reference to the wickerwork dummies used to display garments in the dressmaker’s workshop. When applied to living models the term kept its implication of an "inanimate object" existing to call potential buyers’ attention to the garment.
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