From March 31 to August 30 2015, MAD Museum in New-York is showing Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. This museum exhibition is first to explore the work of renowned New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, widely regarded for his innovative approach to the familiar form of the mannequin. He is one of the few Americans invited by the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris to show his haute couture collections from 2002 to 2006.
More than commercial armatures or sculptural forms, his mannequins became agents of change in our attitudes to the body, to fashion, and to individual identity. Through his complete commitment to craftsmanship, and unique artistic collaborations with the likes of French visual artist Patrick Naggar, French interior designer Andrée Putman among others, Pucci has expanded the parameters of this ubiquitous sculptural form, while creating mannequins that reflect major cultural trends of the past three decades.
The exhibition features over 30 of Pucci’s most important mannequins, as well as an in-gallery recreation of the sculpture studio where his longtime collaborator Michael Evert creates the prototypes.
LOCATION: MAD Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
DATES: March 31 – August 30, 2015
PHOTO:COLLECTION OF RALPH PUCCI/ PHOTO: ANTOINE BOOTZ
(source: Wall Street Journal)