Art & Museums

Mannequins used to display art and clothing traces back to the 1830s. Patterns, materials, and silhouettes of fashionable garments have changed dramatically through time and across cultures. The human form, has stayed mostly the same. We love to see how our basic mannequins can be transformed through art and fashion. Art is meant to be displayed on the human form, and we are fortunate to provide high-quality mannequins to be a blank canvas. Below is a gallery and explanation of the exhibits these mannequins were featured in. If you are an artist who uses one of our mannequins, send us pictures to be added to the gallery with a history and explanation of your work.

2023 Karl Lagerfeld Retrospective at WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND in NYC

Exhibiting some of Lagerfeld’s most widely known designs, our mannequins posed next to the likes of Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Michaela Coel, Kendall Jenner, and many other familiar faces during a “6-month “global mission" to find the best existing specimens of Lagerfeld’s work” (Weiss). We were honored to have such beautifully designed pieces displayed on our Black Female Egghead Mannequins. 

“A troupe of mannequins presided over party guests during last night’s celebration at What Goes Around Comes Around’s Wooster Street atelier in Soho. Sporting layers of pearls, gold chains, leather, bouclé, and, of course, many, many logos, they were unmistakably plucked from Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel oeuvre” (Zachary Weiss - Vogue Online, April 29th, 2023).

See more photos and read the full article here - Vogue Article

Photography by - Madison McGaw/BFA.com

2023 Oumou Sy Display at the Arvada Center in Colorado

 The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities held an exhibit this summer to showcase the works of world-renowned designer Oumou Sy. Born and raised in Senegal, Oumou started sewing at the age of 13. Since her humble beginnings, she has created costume designs for major films in Africa and Europe and now has stores in Paris and Geneva. It was an honor to have her incredible work displayed on some of our mannequins. 

 

Read more about Oumou Sy and the Arvada Center

2023 Art Meets Fashion Immersive Runway Event: Emergent

In April, five of our White Female Egghead Mannequins were outfitted by Floral Artist and business owner Shelly Huynh - owner of Orchid Dynasty in Salt Lake City, UT. To create and display the beautiful floral dresses and headpieces, Shelly needed high quality, sleek mannequins. After being constructed - Shelly's beautiful creations were modeled down the runway. Her showcase of fabric and incredible florals was a highlight of the event.

2023 49th Annual National Symposium - Costume Society of America

Crossroads of Dress & Adornment

Creativity, Culture & Collaboration - was the theme of CSA's annual symposium. Female dress forms and both sizes of our white female mannequins were adorned with costumes and cultural apparel made by designers from across the country.

2019 UVU Graduation BFA Graphic Design Show

 

Kristi Johnson, @kristi.design_

This absolutely stunning design was made by Kristi Johnson as part of the graduation showcase for Utah Valley University. The costume is a traditional carnival costume from Trinidad and Tobago.  The artist constructed the entire costume by hand, using materials sourced from Trinidad, Hong Kong, and America. These three cultures are which that the artist associates with. This all came together in a beautiful explosion of feathers, jewels, and color.

2019 Nelson-Aatkins Museum

 

@nelsonaatkins

Both male and female mannequins got to adventure to Kansas City, Missouri to model for an exhibit. This display was part of the Día de los Muertos celebration held by the museum and featured beautiful, colorful traditional clothing from Mexico.