Counter Culture: The Allure of Mini-Mannequins

Counter Culture: The Allure of Mini-Mannequins


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If sex sells, what better come-on for merchants of the repressed decades of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s than the come-hither wink of a coquettish countertop mannequin?

In Counter Culture, Steven Heller and Louise Fili take us on a colorful peep show of these sexy, sometimes erotic, but always fetishistic, plaster bodies and body parts. Theirs is a surreal look at how mannequins play on consumers' desires, acting as agents of seduction, beckoning us toward that ultimate act—the consumption of goods.

In this entertaining book, Heller and Fili unearth the fault line between sex and shopping—between voyeurism and "just looking"—that underlies much of modern commerce.

Author Biography: Steven Heller is senior Art Director for the New York Times and author of over seventy books on art, culture, and design. He lives in New York City.

Louise Fili runs her own New York-based design firm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568983042
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 10/01/1901
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.04(d)

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