Glamorous and provocative vintage Spanish mannequins. 1980-1997

Sep 23, 2021 | Photography, Plastic Girls, Popular Culture, Roberto Bigano

2587_27 Alluring Andalusian mannequin in Seville, Spain 1997. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

March 1997. Alluring Andalusian mannequin. Seville, Spain.  BUY Digital File

“Plastic Girls” episode 3. Spanish Mannequins


This is the third part of “Plastic Girls,” a forty-year project by the Italian photographer Roberto Bigano documenting mannequins. All the pictures were taken in Spain in 1980 and 1997. Read the first episode. Read the second episode.

The images are available for purchase with a Royalty-Free license.

0462_38 Dummy in San Sebastian, Spain. 1980. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

May 1980.
Mannequin in San Sebastian, Spain.
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0462_38 Dummy in San Sebastian, Spain. 1980. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

May 1980.
Sexy mannequin in gypsy look. Bilbao, Spain
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0463_10 Spanish mannequin in Bilbao 1980. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

May 1980.
Mannequin. Bilbao, Spain
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Curiosities and tech specifications.


I was impressed by Spanish mannequins. Aggressive, often exaggerate, sexy and colorful,
no matter if they were in the northern Basque region, or in southern Andalusia.

I took the 1980 photos with a Nikon FM with a 50 or 24mm lens. The film was an Agfachrome 50. Instead, in 1997 I used a Leica M3 with Visoflex, which transformed the camera into a reflex. The lens was a Leitz Tele-Elmar 135, a great sharp and tri-dimensional glass. The films I used were Kodachrome 25 or the color negative Fuji Reala.

2587_27 Alluring Andalusian mannequin in Seville, Spain 1997. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

March 1997.
Alluring Andalusian mannequin. Seville, Spain
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2587_37 Mannequin in wedding dress in Seville, Spain 1997. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

March 1997.
Mannequin in a wedding dress. Seville, Spain
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2588_01 Sexy mannequin in wedding dress, in Seville Spain. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

March 1997.
Sexy mannequin in a wedding dress. Seville, Spain
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2588_18 Charming mannequin in a wedding dress in Seville, Spain. Photo Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

March 1997.
Charming mannequin in a wedding dress. Seville, Spain
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Copyright and credits

Photographs by Roberto Bigano.
All the images in this post are copyrighted.
Tutte le immagini di questo post sono coperte da copyright.

  • 0415-21 Costume shop window Berlin, Germany, February 1980 | From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo by Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

    A charming magician mannequin. West Berlin 1980. Royalty-Free

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    A charming magician mannequin. West Berlin 1980. Royalty-Free

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    A charming magician mannequin. West Berlin in September 1980. This picture belongs to the “Plastic Girl” series, a unique reportage about the evolution of style and costume through mannequins from 1978 to today.
    Photo by Roberto Bigano.

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  • 0419-05 Store window Berlin 1980, Germany, February 1980 | From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo by Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

    A provocative dummy in West Berlin 1980. Royalty-Free. Photo Roberto Bigano

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    A provocative dummy in West Berlin 1980. Royalty-Free. Photo Roberto Bigano

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    An impacting dummy in West Berlin. September 1980. This picture belongs to the “Plastic Girl” series, a unique reportage about the evolution of style and costume through mannequins from 1978 to today.
    Photo by Roberto Bigano.

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  • August 1988. Senter & Crunes Dept Store. Rockland, Maine. From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

    A real girl and a mannequin compared. Rockland, Maine 1988

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    A real girl and a mannequin compared. Rockland, Maine 1988

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    Senter & Crunes Dept. Store Windows. Rockland, Maine, August 1988. This picture belongs to the “Plastic Girl” series, a unique reportage about the evolution of style and costume through mannequins from 1978 to today.
    Photo by Roberto Bigano.

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  • August 1988. Senter & Crunes Dept Store. Rockland, Maine. From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

    A real girl and a mannequin with a red dress. Rockland, Maine 1988

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    A real girl and a mannequin with a red dress. Rockland, Maine 1988

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    Senter & Crunes Dept. Store Windows. Rockland, Maine, August 1988. This picture belongs to the “Plastic Girl” series, a unique reportage about the evolution of style and costume through mannequins from 1978 to today.
    Photo by Roberto Bigano.

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