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.
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.
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.”
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 http://www.metmuseum.org.