Bespoke mannequins for costume exhibition

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VM supplier Proportion London has provided all of the mannequins for the Costume Institute’s Spring 2018 Exhibition: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, held at The Met Fifth Avenue in New York.

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The display specialist handmade 175 bespoke mannequins for the exhibition, to the specifications of museum curator Andrew Bolton, whose references were Michelangelo’s 15th-century Pietà, on permanent display in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and Prosper d’Épinay’s 1901 sculpture of Joan of Arc.

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The bespoke figures have a white chalk finish that gives a sculpture-like appearance. “I wanted the face to look serene and contemplative,” says Bolton, “hence the closed eyes and slightly downcast expression.”

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Displays include a pair of mannequins on podiums in one of the courtyard spaces in a Romanesque chapel wearing Valentino outfits and an angelic, white-haired ‘Madonna’ wearing an evening ensemble, from 2000-1, for the House of Dior by John Galliano.

The Costume Institute’s Spring 2018 Exhibition: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, sponsored by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Donatella Versace, runs from 10th May to 8th October 2018, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute

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