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December 7, 2016

Frightening Beauty of the 1920s: Pierre Imans’ Wax Mannequins That Look Like Real Women

Pierre Imans, a French mannequin manufacturer of the period, made wax mannequins for department stores worldwide and gave his mannequins personalities and names such as Elaine, Roberta and Nadine.

The Pierre Imans mannequins are actually quite flat-chested, but they've got almost a pear shape to them, quite wide hips. It gives you a much more realistic and more nuanced perspective about real women's body shapes and how actual fashions looked on real body shapes, so how the 1920s dresses would actually hang on a figure that wasn't stick-thin.

However, by the mid-20th century, female mannequins had started to become more uniform in size and shape and embody the period's ideal notion of the perfect female form, something that varied from decade to decade.


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