United States of Mannequins: a view into shop windows through the 1980s

Apr 29, 2021 | Photography, Plastic Girls, Popular Culture, Roberto Bigano

August 1984  -  Beverly Hills, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. A forty-year project by the Italian photographer Roberto Bigano documenting mannequins.

August 1984. Shop window. Beverly Hills, California – BUY THE HI-RES FILE or BUY A PRINT

“Plastic Girls” episode 2. United States 1982-1988


This is the second part of “Plastic Girls,” a forty-year project by the Italian photographer Roberto Bigano documenting mannequins. All the pictures were taken in the United States from 1982 to 1988, mainly with a 4×5 view camera capable of delivering an incredible amount of details comparable to today’s high-end digital cameras. Read the first episode.

These photographs are part of “A Big Country,” another Roberto Bigano’s project on the “True & False” in the United States, that we will publish soon.

The images are available for purchase with a Royalty-Free license.
August 1982  -  Rodeo Drive,  Beverly Hills, California.  -  From "Plastic Girls" series

August 1982.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California.

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August 1984  -  Melrose Ave. Hollywood, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano

August 1984.
Melrose Av. Hollywood, California.

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August 1984  -  Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano

August 1984.
Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, California.

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August 1984  -  Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1984.
Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, California.

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August 1985  -  Sunset Strip, Hollywood, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series.. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1985. Shop Window. Beverly Hills, California.

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August 1985  -  Sunset Strip, Hollywood, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1985.
Shop window on Sunset Strip.
Hollywood, California.

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August 1985  -  Beverly Hills, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1985. Beverly Hills, California. 

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August 1985  - J. Magnin Dept. Store, Beverly Hills, California  -  From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1985.
J.Magnin Dept. Store.
Beverly Hills, California.

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

August 1988, Rockland, Maine. Senter & Crunes Dept. Store.

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August 1988. A Calvin Klein Window at Lord & Taylor. New York City. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1988 New York City. Bravo Calvin Klein! Lord & Taylor applauds American Design.

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August 1988. Altman's Dept. Store. New York City. From "Plastic Girls" series. Photo Roberto Bigano.

August 1988, Beverly Hills, California. Altman’s Dept. Store

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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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Roberto's eye by Francesco Piras.

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.

Read all Roberto's stories on this site.
About Roberto Bigano.
Browse or buy his pictures or prints in the Roberto Bigano Archive.
Dedicated pages on his works on Ikonographia: Bugatti Automobili, Bburago, "Plastic Girls" (Mannequins), Sardinia Artistic Bread.