A Swedish department store is at the center of a maelstrom of controversy after it used larger mannequins in its in-store displays. Spotted in a Swedish H&M, the move was lauded by the group Women’s Rights News for offering up a more realistic example of what women’s bodies look like, and more than 30,000 commenters responded.
The decision certainly makes sense in light of research that shows that female consumers respond negatively to skinny, beautiful models selling them consumer goods. For reference, the new curvy models are much closer to the average size of American women — a size 14 — than the typical model form, which ranges from between a 4 and 6.
And in light of the fact that nearly 70 million American women are overweight, stores would likely benefit from using mannequins that actually look like us. [Yahoo]
Clothing mannequins are weird whichever way you spin it ― they’re headless! They’re probably watching you! ― but they’re something of a necessary evil in retail to display how featured articles of clothing hang on, well, a human body. Unfortunately, this “human body” is usually a pretty terrible representation of not only how the clothing looks on, but also an actual human body. Maybe a select demographic of those shopping at any given store have those kinds of dimensions, but the fact is that the vast majority of people don’t. You might know this already, but human beings come in all shapes and sizes, so the concept of a plus-sized mannequin in a plus-sized store has the potential to be a positive development. If it’s done correctly, that is. Keep reading »
This Baby Gap store window display in NYC caught our eye and we just had to snap a pic for your review. Yeah, the jeans are adorable, but the girl mannequin appears to be midway through a pelvic thrust (do babies have that kind of coordination?) and he’s popping enough collars to be initiated into a frat without even dealing with hazing. Beyond that, those are some, uh, slender babies, no? They may be headless, but we have difficulty picturing much baby fat on top of those model-esque bodies. Baby Gap has certainly come a long way since the days of our youth when jellies were the height of kiddies’ fashion … Keep reading »
In the latest issue of POP magazine, model Devon Aoki stars in an homage to designer Allen Jones. Jones is perhaps best known for having designed furniture that, in some cases, resembles people — for example, a table top resting on a base composed of a mannequin on all fours. Provocative? Yes. Politically correct? No. This story, “Allen Jones: Wearable Art,” was shot by Seng & Seng and seems to suggest mannequins and models are more alike than not. Don’t you think? In any case, check out more after the jump, and then tell us in the comments if you find this layout to be objectifying or interesting. Keep reading »
It’s hard for us to look at a mannequin’s uncovered, plastic head and keep our pants on. They’re just that hot. The synthetic and/or sculpted hair, the fake, vacant eyes, and the total lack of resemblance to a real live woman just gets the blood flowing in our nether regions. Aww, yeah.
OK, so obviously that’s not true. They are mannequins. They are inanimate. We do not have a lady boner for them. But apparently the Iranian government is very concerned about the power of the mannequin to seduce and corrupt. Keep reading »
Last night, I was walking home and noticed these mannequins in a store window. At first, I was outraged. What man thought it would be awesome to buy a mannequin with ginormous breasts? And then something else occurred to me: Now large-chested woman know they can fit into the store’s clothes! Well, as long as they have a 17-inch waist and sticks for legs. Keep reading »