watch anna sui get body sculpted

Ralph Pucci’s longtime collaborator Michael Evert will live-sculpt mannequins at MAD this summer.

by i-D Staff and Hana Beach
10 June 2015, 10:00pm

​Photography courtesy Museum of Arts and Design

Ralph Pucci has spent his three-decade long career expanding and diversifying the familiar and ever-present form of the mannequin. His magnificent and whimsical figures challenge typical forms of physical beauty. The New York-based designer created absurd mannequins for architect Patrick Naggar in 1995 and, more recently, the lithe white mannequins that spent all winter in LA wearing Diane Von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dresses for the designer's Journey of a Dress exhibit.

Given his collaborations with big names in the fashion industry like Furstenberg and Anna Sui, it is hard to believe that The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) only recently became the first museum to honor Pucci and his reinvention of the mannequin. The exhibit Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, which opened March 30, retrospects Pucci's long and influential career. And yesterday, MAD announced that Pucci's longtime collaborator and sculptor Michael Evert will live-sculpt three models from the fashion industry this summer: Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo and designers Anna Sui and Isabel Toledo.

Fargo, Sui, and Toledo all differ in race and body type. And Pucci's decision to sculpt these three women reflects his mission to redefine and challenge the traditional view of physical beauty.

The live sculptings will take place at 6pm on June 25, July 23, and August 27 on the second floor galleries at MAD.


Text Hana Beach
Photography courtesy Museum of Arts and Design

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