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The Dummy Run

August 04, 2015
Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin

In the world of fashion, the moniker Pucci might be more readily associated with brightly-hued bags and boldly patterned dresses, but there is another design doyen by the same name – whose creations regularly grace the windows of label stables and chic boutiques – that you’ve likely never even heard of.

Ralph Pucci has been the mannequin main man for more than three decades, crafting stylish statuettes for the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui and Barneys. Now, however, his fash flaunting figures are finding themselves in the spotlight at the Museum of Arts and Design’s latest exhib, Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. 

Exploring the New York-based designer’s innovative and artistically driven approach to this familiar yet oft-overlooked form, the exhibition includes 23 of his most recognisable fibreglass models. These range from iconic action-orientated designs of the 1980s (a perfect fit with the aerobics craze of the era), to the Marilyn Monroe inspired Mistress, power suit perfect Olympian Goddess (created in collaboration with Andrée Putman), and abstract pieces including the golden urn-like Nile.

For those wondering how these endless pins and perfectly posed frames are made, a replica of Pucci’s studio – complete with prototypes, pliers and paper sketches – has been constructed on site, plus there are videos showing the complete process from plaster mold to Mad Ave shop floor. Don’t be a dummy, go check it out!

Museum of Arts and Design / 2 Columbus Circle / Midtown / +1 212 299 7777 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sun, till 9pm Thu-Fri / madmuseum.org

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