Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin

March 24, 2015


Next week the Museum of Arts and Design in New York will open Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, a unique exhibition showcasing the often-overlooked art of designing retail mannequins.

Ralph Pucci began his career helping out at his father’s mannequin repair business. He soon saw the opportunity to design his own mannequins and market them directly to stores. Pucci’s innovation was to bring sculptural and high-art concepts to the basic store mannequin. He has collaborated with artists, interior designers, and fashion icons—including Ruben Toledo, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Sui, and Christy Turlington—to create mannequins that can showcase the latest fashions and also be visually appealing themselves.

Marquand Books produced the catalogue for the exhibition, which features an interview with Pucci, an essay on the history of mannequins by art historian Emily Marshall Orr, and short introductions to twenty-seven of Pucci’s best-known creations written by MAD curatorial assistant Barbara Paris Gifford. The eighty-eight-page catalogue was designed by Jeff Wincapaw and includes over fifty images.

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin will be on view March 31 through August 30. The catalogue is distributed by D.A.P.; visit their website to purchase a copy.


Photography by Jeremy Linden