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Title:
Counter culture : the allure of mini-mannequins
Author:
Heller, Steven.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York City : Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 16 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781568983042
Format :
Book

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Summary

Counter Culture is a surreal look at how mannequins play on consumers' desires, seducing us to buy. A colourful peep show of these sexy and fetishistic plaster models, it shows the tension between sex and shopping that underlies much of modern commerce.


Author Notes

Steven Heller is senior Art Director for the New York Times & author of over seventy books on art, culture, & design.

He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tiny, glamorous, with cheekbones and lips to rival those of Hollywood sirens, miniature countertop mannequins graced stores from the 1920s to the 1960s. Eventually abandoned by retailers, these delicately detailed statuettes, now collectors' items, are documented by New York Times art director Steven Heller and designer Louise Fili in Counter Culture: The Allure of Mini-Mannequins. Color photographs show off the intricacy of the Lilliputian figures (whose clothing was sometimes an exact replica of the full-size version, down to the zippers and hooks), while the authors describe how the mannequins were designed, cast and exhibited in an age when in-store displays were a vital form of advertising. And at 61/4" 47/8", the book is perfectly scaled. ( Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved