Forty years of evolution in style trough mannequins. 1978-1980

Jun 28, 2018Photography

Part one. 1978-1980.
I have been shooting “Plastic Girls” for over forty years. They fascinate me, and I find they tell a lot about the culture of a country and the evolution of fashion and style. I took all the photos in the stores’ windows always through the glass and never with special permits. All these wonders are right there, available to anyone who can see them.
This post is the first of a series and ranges from 1978 to 1980.

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, that I used here for the first time.

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

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

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

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

Photo by Roberto Bigano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Roberto Bigano

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

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 Plus X

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

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

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

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