NEW YORK — Ralph Pucci International, an eclectic showroom for home furnishings, lighting, fashion, art and mannequins, is jazzing it up with a benefit for Jazz House Kids on Tuesday set against a “fanciful dreamscape” created by Rebecca Moses.
“Rebecca has been working on this for over a year. It’s really Rebecca’s universe,” said Pucci. “Her mannequins are unlike any I have produced over the last 10 years, which have been minimal and sculptural, and certainly unlike any mannequin on the market. Her collection is about diversity and imperfectly perfect beauty. She has this very special style, and she embraces all nationalities and people who aren’t perfect looking with long necks, long arms, crooked noses, frizzy hair, wide-set eyes.”
“It’s a 360-degree concept,” said Moses, a designer, illustrator and painter, who for her Pucci project created 28 mannequins in three body positions, 10 busts, six 9-by-5-foot canvas paintings, 20 smaller portraitures and a collection of fashion and accessories handmade in Italy in styles ranging from bohemian to very sophisticated.
“It was really an interesting challenge for me to go from two-dimensional form to three-dimensional form and to represent the blending of society,” Moses said. “How do we represent the rare and unique women out there — an arched eyebrow, a crooked chin, these are not qualities to shy away from. They should be celebrated.”
The mannequins and paintings reflect “so many amazing women and models I’ve worked with all over the world.” She said she’s drawn to people with something unique about them. “It was always about the rarity of the girl.”
The mannequins, she said, are like “little celebrity stars that animate product and tell a story.” Hers, she added, are “really indescribable. You kind of want to guess, is she Russian or Asian?” or from wherever.
“I never created my own mannequins. They are figments of my memories. All of these girls I have worked with left memories. I can see these people in my paintings.”
Pucci is expecting a crowd of 75 on Tuesday in his 30,000-square-foot showroom where there will be performances by bassist and five-time Grammy award winner Christian McBride, guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli and the Jazz House Kids Messengers, and opportunities to meet the artists. The goal of Jazz House Kids is to help students gain an artistic edge through music programs, mentoring and apprenticeships. On Dec. 8, the Rebecca Moses show at Pucci will make its debut for a bigger crowd of about 500, and remain until Dec. 13, and on Dec. 12, Pucci will hold a book signing for textile designer Lori Weitzner.
By David Moin