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Ralph Pucci The Art of the Mannequin

July 2016 - Northeastern University

Northeastern University Northeastern University Northeastern University

Mon, August 8, 2016 – Sun, October 23, 2016

Gallery 360
Gallery 360 presents an exhibition of the work of designer Ralph Pucci, whose innovative designs reflect cultural trends and have been agents of change in our attitudes toward the body, fashion and individual identity. The exhibition has been curated by The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin is a thirty-year retrospective of one of the most innovative figures in the retail sector of the fashion industry. This exhibition not only highlights the varied mannequin forms that have emerged from the Pucci studio, but it also illuminates the artistic partnerships, production methods, and values that characterize this unique New York City business.

Above and beyond their function of displaying fashion in a commercial setting, Pucci mannequins reflect cultural trends from the 1980s to the 2010s. As Ralph Pucci declared in 2009, he has not been afraid to push “the culture envelope.” His mannequins have been agents of change in our attitudes toward the body, fashion, and identity.

Pucci has worked with a variety of artists, designers, and fashion models to create his mannequins. These collaborators—including Maira Kalman, Patrick Naggar, Lowell Nesbitt, Andrée Putman, Kenny Scharf, Anna Sui, Ruben Toledo, Christy Turlington, and Veruschka— have drawn on their own signature styles, art-historical sources (from antiquity to Surrealism), and current street vernacular to create characters for the Pucci universe.

Also part of the exhibition is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pucci’s mannequins are made as seen through a series of time-lapse videos. Photographs by Antoine Bootz also document the steps for fabricating and finishing the mannequins in the workshop.

This exhibition is collaboration with: Northeastern’s Gallery 360; College of Art, Media & Design; Public Art Initiative; and the College of Social Sciences of Humanities.

By Northeastern University