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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Americans are getting steadily fatter. That means our mannequins are plumping up too.

More shoppers want to see themselves on display. And pipe-cleaner-thin waists aren’t them.

So mannequins, which for the female form typically range from sizes 2 to 6, are getting bigger. And some of those new forms are making their way into stores now, as retailers get ready for the holiday shopping season.

Just because customers say they want to see their frumpy selves reflected in fashion, doesn’t mean they really want that. There’s a reason why models are ultra-slim and impossibly beautiful, when they represent maybe 5 percent of the population’s body type. The mass market adores the ideal, if only to have something to either aspire toward or ogle at. I’m all but positive that these chunky dummies will result in lackluster sales, and will be mothballed by next year.

On the bright side, at least these things don’t have nipples.

Let me add that, had these big-bodied models been around when the Kim Cattrall vehicle Mannequin was made, the fantasy evoked would have been considerably less effective.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/14/2004 10:24:56 PM
Category: Society
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  1. A very similar trend that annoys the hell out of me is the skewing of size charts - like, manufacturers sewing in tags with a size # that reflects a ’sliding scale,’ in an attempt to appeal to people’s sense of self-worth.

    Gap is the ult. ex. of this: I can’t stand that place anymore bc I think Mickey Drexler sent it to hell in a handbasket, but last time I was in there (about a year ago), I tried on a skirt in a size 2. I didn’t buy it, bc the quality was sh*t, but a size 2?

    Please. I’m 5′9″, 140, and a European 28. How is that a size 2?

    Because compared to a nat’l avg., I’m really skinny, regardless of BMI or fat/muscle ratios. How gross is that?

    People need to open their d*mn eyes about the correlations btwn health and wellness, physical apppearance, and fashion.

    This comment is way too long, sorry.

    Comment by r* — 10/15/2004 @ 10:19:52 AM

  2. Hey, I’ve got no problem with you prattling on. Write an essay if you like. What do I care, bandwith is cheap!

    Might be somewhat different for men’s fashion, as I still like Gap (although I prefer its corporate cousin, Banana Republic). And if people are getting bulkier on average, it can only help me.

    Remember, the better you look, the more you see.

    Comment by CT — 10/15/2004 @ 01:42:30 PM

  3. Classic

    Comment by r* — 10/15/2004 @ 03:28:34 PM

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