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March 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Two female mannequins with more meat on their plastic bones than the standard department-store dummy are causing a social media ruckus - and not just because they're clad only in lingerie. A photo of the fuller-figured pair, rocking purple panties and matching bras, appeared last week on the Facebook page of Women's Rights News and soon went viral. “Store mannequins in Sweden,” the caption noted. “They look like real women. The US should invest in some of these.” As of Monday, more than 61,000 people liked the image and more than 3,000 visitors had commented.
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August 5, 2013 | Bob Pool
They are the hardest-working stiffs in Los Angeles. At least until they go on "sick leave. " Ginger and Sarah are among dozens of robotic mannequins who work 10 hours a day, seven days a week, standing outside hair salons, restaurants and quick-lube businesses, waving at passersby and encouraging them to stop and spend a little money. The motorized dummies are the newest breed of sign spinners -- the ubiquitous attention-grabbers who dance on street corners and toss their arrow-like signs in the air to promote nearby apartments and condos, cellphone companies, furniture sales and fast-food restaurant deals.
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NEWS
March 25, 1988
A collection of 158 small-scale wire mannequins, which Paris fashion houses paraded before the world after World War II to prove the Nazi occupation hadn't crushed haute couture , is being returned to France from a museum in Haryhill, Wash.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Two female mannequins with more meat on their plastic bones than the standard department-store dummy are causing a social media ruckus - and not just because they're clad only in lingerie. A photo of the fuller-figured pair, rocking purple panties and matching bras, appeared last week on the Facebook page of Women's Rights News and soon went viral. “Store mannequins in Sweden,” the caption noted. “They look like real women. The US should invest in some of these.” As of Monday, more than 61,000 people liked the image and more than 3,000 visitors had commented.
NEWS
February 8, 1987 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
Malibu may become home to a large collection of plastic people in the next five years--and that's not a snide reference to the show business celebrities who gravitate there. Twenty acres high in Corral Canyon have been donated to an expert on mannequins, who plans to build what apparently would be the world's first exhibition hall dedicated to display figures.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1987 | CARRIE BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Store dummies aren't the stiffs they used to be. Instead, mannequins have evolved into a refined marketing tool as retailers have moved steadily away from the traditional rigid figures of the past to the lifelike and abstract forms that their manufacturers now sell for $800 to $1,200 apiece. "The mannequin business is relatively small," said Norman Glazer, president of City of Commerce-based Greneker/Wolf & Vine, a manufacturer of the figures.
MAGAZINE
February 15, 1998 | Darrell Satzman
The Mannequin Gallery in Burbank is where old mannequins go to die. And to be reborn. Walt Wilkey and Shelley Freeman, partners in life and the business, keep a stream of synthetic bodies moving back and forth between their store and clients, which include Tommy Hilfiger and the movie and TV studios. "It is a weird business," Freeman allows, rattling off a list of high-profile gigs: "White Men Can't Jump," "Melrose Place," Kiss's North American tour.
NEWS
December 14, 1990 | DAVID D'ARCY
Fashion history buffs have been fascinated by "Theatre de la Mode," an exhibition that opened last spring at the Louvre in Paris, moved to the Metropolitan Museum of Art here this month and will tour the United States (cities undetermined) and Japan next spring. A display of 150 vintage miniature mannequins dressed in couture creations from the mid-40s, the show reveals some surprising trivia: The Nazis understood the economic importance of fashion and the role of style in French culture.
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August 5, 2013 | Bob Pool
They are the hardest-working stiffs in Los Angeles. At least until they go on "sick leave. " Ginger and Sarah are among dozens of robotic mannequins who work 10 hours a day, seven days a week, standing outside hair salons, restaurants and quick-lube businesses, waving at passersby and encouraging them to stop and spend a little money. The motorized dummies are the newest breed of sign spinners -- the ubiquitous attention-grabbers who dance on street corners and toss their arrow-like signs in the air to promote nearby apartments and condos, cellphone companies, furniture sales and fast-food restaurant deals.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years he has been the victim of department store pranks: Chewing gum was stuck on his nose, his hands were twisted, his wig was flipped. What a dummy. But that image should be put to rest this summer, when a new generation of male mannequins will break the mold and debut with a '90s look. The new fiberglass figures are gym-chiseled with beefy biceps, washboard stomachs and impeccable pecs--they are reminiscent of Olympic swimmers.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow didn't do anything. Why should he be mocked? Actually, that's exactly why the New York Jets quarterback is being mocked in a display at a West Nyack, N.Y., Dick's Sporting Goods -- he did nothing, or close to it, all year. In photos tweeted this week by ESPN's Scott Hochenberg, the store has mannequins wearing the jerseys of various Jets and New York Giants players standing tall and proud -- all except the one wearing Tebow's No. 15. That poor guy is sitting by himself on a bench.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
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August 10, 2009 | Tony Perry
Two enlisted Marines are kneeling on the ground, quickly stuffing gauze into a gaping wound in a pig's belly to stop the bleeding. Another is doing a "blood sweep" to find other wounds. An officer, just inches from its snout, monitors its breathing and keeps the pig's thick tongue from blocking the airway. At the other end of the 150-pound swine, a Marine corporal has inserted a thermometer into its anus. "Come on, buddy, stay with us," Capt. Doug Verblaauw whispers to the heavily sedated pig, dubbed Gen. Dude.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
She stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, a voluptuous bombshell in denim short shorts and a pink Hawaiian bikini top straining over with generous cleavage. Cars screech to a stop; drivers stare and point. The statuesque woman, hawking smoked ribs for $18.95 a rack, doesn't wink or wiggle or even breathe. She's just a blond mannequin, standing on the sidewalk outside of KT's Barbecue restaurant.
TRAVEL
June 28, 2009 | Alice Short
Guests checking into the Nines hotel in this city's downtown area enter a relatively nondescript space at street level and are then guided to the eighth floor for an appointment at the front desk. When the elevator doors open, "non- descript" no longer applies. "Striking" will occur to some; "bewildering" to others. The words "not-in-Kansas-anymore" might be uttered.
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January 24, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
The controversial Sarah Palin mannequin with a noose around its neck sold for $2,247.22 Thursday on EBay, but it's not leaving its West Hollywood home. The auction winner, who lives in Los Angeles County, thought he was bidding on a pro-Palin and pro-John McCain item and didn't realize its true nature until he heard about the auction on talk radio, said the mannequin's seller, ChadMichael Morrisette. The mannequin, along with Morrisette and his partner, Mito Aviles, were thrust into the media spotlight in October when the Palin mannequin hanging by a noose from their roof drew gawkers, public ire and condemnation.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's sophisticated-looking and well-spoken. She's a glamorous brunette. Put them in a room together, and you can see the electricity at work. But the only one they are supposed to seduce is the American consumer. The two are androids--computerized mannequins designed to look, gesture and "talk" like real people--and the plan is to use them to grab attention and provide information at stores, museums, conference halls and trade shows.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Anne Droid looks like a typical mannequin, except for an unusual twinkle in one eye. That twinkle means Anne Droid can "see" you. She can also "hear" and even "remember." Anne Droid is a surveillance mannequin designed to watch for shoplifters, an idea that has caught the eye of some retailers. "My wife is a jeweler," says F. Jerry Gutierrez, Anne Droid's creator. "We were in a jewelry store and they had a TV monitor set up, but I couldn't find the camera.
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January 20, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Yes, the noose is included. The Sarah Palin mannequin that hung in effigy from the roof of a West Hollywood home back in October, spurring protests and prompting MSNBC's Keith Olbermann to call the resident that day's "worst person in the world," is being sold on EBay. ChadMichael Morrisette, a professional window display designer, and his partner, Mito Aviles, are selling the Palin mannequin for a minimum bid of $1,000.
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October 30, 2008 | Raja Abdulrahim and Andrew Blankstein, Abdulrahim and Blankstein are Times staff writers.
After days of nationwide controversy, a West Hollywood homeowner has removed an effigy of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that was hanging from a noose off the side of his house. ChadMichael Morrisette, a professional window display designer who set up the life-size mannequin of Palin, said Wednesday evening that he had met with West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang and decided it was best to remove the decoration.
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