To Mannequins … with love

 

 

A women

Women is

Mother …

Women is

Sister …

Women is

Gran maa …

Women is

Friend …

Women is

Family …

Women is

Nation …

A women is

Loveable goodes …

With goodness …

OTTERI SELVAKUMAR

 

I want to share with you my passion and obsession with

Women  M A N N E Q U I N S !!

Vintage and antique mannequins are, and will always be my first love … Genuine vintage ones are getting more and more scarce to find – I had my eye on a beauty – she was standing in the first room in Blue Moon – a vintage shop near Stellenbosch  (but obviously not for sale) – Oh I hate those NOT FOR SALE STICKERS!!!

For years I begged her from the shop owner – everytime to hear the cruel word NO! – but I persevered and on one sunny morning when I asked the very same old question, se broke down and said:  AAAhhh Sonette just take the damn thing!!!  She was the first mannequin I owned and has a special place in my heart!!!

I am delighted to share her with you:

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Mannequins have been around for thousands of years.  Kings and Queens who were concerned about their appearance, would have a dress form made to their body dimensions.

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 I was told by the owner of Shabby Chic Store that this mannequin belonged to Irma Stern’s dressmaker who made all her clothes.  I want to believe her – do you – I do??? – I DO!!!

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Also one of my favourites that I bought from Jan van Robbroeck – he baptised her Stella Stockman

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 Mannequin comes from the French word mannequin, which had acquired the meaning “an artist’s jointed model”, which in turn came from the Middle Dutch word mannekijn, meaning “little man, figurine”

I adore my little baby mannequin or “paspop” as I call them

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The use of mannequins originated in the 15th century.  Full-scale, wickerwork ones came into use in the mid-18th century and wirework mannequins were manufactured in Paris from 1835.

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I was looking for a “find” in one of our local shops – looking through stuff on the floor.  When I looked up, she was standing in front of me – she took my breath away!!

It is so difficult to get hold of genuine vintage mannequins  – so it is impossible to part with them ….

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Expect a vintage mannequin to have crazed paint, chips, discolorations and minor surface scratches

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I bought her in a wonderful old shop in Church Street Cape Town

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Stella catching the late afternoon sunlight

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