Evolution of Style through Mannequins. Part 1: 1978-1980

Jun 28, 2018 | Photography, Plastic Girls, Popular Culture, Roberto Bigano

0565-14 Shop window in Regent St, London, UK - September 1980 - From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo by Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

1980 | Regent St, London, UK | Nikon FM 50/1.4. Film Kodak PlusX Pan – BUY THE HI-RES FILE or BUY A PRINT

Plastic Girl Series Part 1. Photographs by Roberto Bigano


Ikonographia is proud to publish “Plastic Girls,” an impressive forty years-long work by the Italian photographer Roberto Bigano documenting mannequins. This post is the first of a series and features black & white photographs taken from 1978 to 1980.

I have been shooting “Plastic Girls” for over forty years. They fascinate me, and I find they tell a lot about a country’s culture and the evolution of fashion and style. I always took all the photos in the stores’ windows through the glass and never with special permits. All these wonders are right there, available to anyone able to see them.

The images are available for purchase as hi-res  files or as prints.

0175-17 Shop window in Rome on vintage theme, November 1978 | From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo by Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com store.

November 1978. Rome. Leica M2 Summaron 35mm, Kodak Tri X 1000 iso.
I was serving the Army, in the Photo dept. The cameras were a Rolleiflex Twin Lens and a Leica M2, which I used here for the first time.

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September 1979.
Braunschweig, Germany.
Nikon FM 24mm – Ilford HP5.

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September 1979.
Mannequin, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nikon FM 50mm – Ilford HP5.

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September 1979. Strick.
Braunschweig, Germany.
Nikon FM 50 f1.4 Film Ilford HP5.

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September 1979. Stockholm, Sweden. Nikon FM 24mm, film Ilford HP5.

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February 1980. Store window in Berlin, Germany. Nikon FM2 50mm, Ilford FP4

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February 1980. Store window for Women’s Day. East Berlin. Nikon FM, 50mm, Ilford FP4

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0419-13 Trendy dummies, West Berlin 1980, Germany, February 1980 | From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo by Roberto Bigano. Buy this image in the ikonographia.com

February 1980. West Berlin. Nikon FM 50/1.4. Film Ilford FP4.

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February 1980.
Streifen Dept. Store, Berlin, Germany.
Nikon FM 50/1.4. Film Ilford FP4

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February 1980.
Store window, Berlin, Germany.
Nikon FM 20mm. Film Ilford FP4.

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February 1980.
The proof sheet of roll N.419 includes at least six interesting subjects.
Nikon FM 50/1.4 /24.2.8/105.2.5. Film Ilford FP4, developed with Ilford ID11 1+3 at 15’30”.


September 1980.
London, Regent St.
Nikon FM 50. Film Kodak PlusX.

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September 1980. Soho, London. Nikon FM, 50/1.4, Film Kodak Plus X 125 Iso.

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September 1980.
Mannequin London.
Nikon FM 24mm. Film Kodak Plus X.

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September 1980.
The Bionic Woman Action Doll
Nikon FM 50/1.4. Film Kodak Plus X.

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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.

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All the pictures on this page are by Roberto Bigano, an Italian photographer with 35 books to his credit. He developed special skills in digital and high-resolution photography and taught photography at international workshops and conferences.

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