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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, of sight, of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas...

For many years, mannequins have been used to reflect the inspired fashion of the day. Each draped with not just clothes but the hair and makeup of the time. They are stored in warehouses and basements when not needed. One has to ask what they might be up to when waiting for the next moment they are on display…

Photography: Wellcan, Hair: Hauns Korpela, Make-up: Rudy Miles

Photography: Wellcan, Hair: Hauns Korpela, Make-up: Rudy Miles

In the Twilight Zone episode “After Hours”, it showed us that they joined the human race on a monthly furlough where they came to life to explore what they could never otherwise experience… This was the inspiration for the collection, to show off the spin that can be drawn from decades passed. Each mannequin represents a modern version of a period stemming back from those years where hair and makeup made statements, which were very much considered the fashion of the day. Beauty influences much of what designers create and acts as more than just an accessory that woman want to reflect. It has to translate to everyday, every outfit, and the mood women experience within their life. The reflection of time is a great mirror to the future that inspires the “what’s next”. We can create to press the fashion that worn by many including the mannequins that dress our many fashion houses. As you look to each of these mannequins, is she coming to life or stepping back to be come a reflection of time? 

corbin thomas