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Counter culture : the allure of mini-mannequins
Heller, Steven.
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First edition.
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New York City : Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.
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255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 16 cm
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Central Library GT1749 .H45 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"If sex sells, then what better come-on for merchants of the repressed decades of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s than the come-hither gaze of a coquettish counter-top mannequin?" "In Counter Culture, Steven Heller and Louise Fili draw the curtain on a colorful peep show of commercial culture. Theirs is a surreal look at how mini-mannequins and other counter-top displays play on the unconscious desires of consumers, guiding them to that ultimate act - the consumption of goods." "Heller and Fili's mutual obsession with the art of popular culture has given us over eighty books. Their extensive collection of mannequins, evocatively photographed here by Tony Cenicola, is stored in a New York apartment. "At night," Heller winks, "they come alive.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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)

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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

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