Mannequins are usually dressed to kill and dressed to sell. The figures are impossibly idealised, the clothes are the latest fashions and draped with a designer’s eye. It’s all done with corporate correctness and control. Charity shops are among the exceptions to conformity. Figures are dressed in whatever comes to hand, like hard pressed temps rummaging in the draw before dashing off to work. Sometimes they subvert the whole concept of the mannequin – when did you last see one that looked as if it needed to go to Slimming World?
Photo: Burleigh Street, Cambridge, May 2016