Amidst the still-under-construction structure, fleets of hard hats and roving construction workers, I was invited for an early look at Santa Monica Place‘s 120 breath-taking mannequins created by over 100 of some LA’s most creative forces. Headed by The Mannequin Collective, the project brought together local artists, designers, fashion industry leaders and community members to transform plain mannequins into magical works of art. I was floored by the ingenuity, variety and hard work that was put into each mannequin. As an artist myself, it was powerful to see the same, white object transformed over and over again in a vastly different ways with equally provocative and inspirational results. Perhaps most interestingly, each mannequin reflected the designer’s own personality and perspective with brutal clarity–whether they were starkly simple or cluttered, messy or perfected, designed outside the box (sometimes literally) or well-within established conventions.
I hope you will take the opportunity to discover these inspirational mannequins for yourself at the new Santa Monica Place.
All pieces will be entered in a contest for which the prize is a $10,000 scholarship awarded to Otis College of Art and Design in the name of the winner, providing creative education and opportunity to students.
Below are some of my favorite designs. You may view photos of all the mannequins here. From this link, you can also vote for your favorite from the 5 juried winners or participate in Operation Mannequin Hunt for a $250 gift certificate to Santa Monica Place (going on from August 17th to 23rd).
Some behind-the-scenes shots:
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