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

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

Store window. Regent St. London, UK. From "Plastic Girls" by Roberto Bigano

1980 | Regent St, London, UK | Nikon FM 50/1.4. Film Kodak PlusX Pan – BUY THIS IMAGE

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 with a Royalty-Free license.

Mannequins in Rome, November 1978. From Plastic Girls Series by Roberto Bigano

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. BUY

Store window. Braunsweig, Germany, 1979. From "Plastic Girls" by Roberto Bigano

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

Store window. Braunsweig, Germany, 1979. From "Plastic Girls" by Roberto Bigano

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

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

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

Mannequins in Rome, November 1978. From Plastic Girls Series by Roberto Bigano

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

Store window. Berlin, Gemany, February 1990. Nikon FM 50, Ilford FP4

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

Window for Women Day. East Berlin, february 1980. Nikon FM, 50mm, Ilford FP4

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

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

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

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

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

419-05 Store window, Berlin, Germany. February 1980

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

Roll N.14 proof sheet including at least six interesting shots

February 1980.
The proof sheet of the roll N.419 including 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”.

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

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

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

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

September 1980. Mannequin London.

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

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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