Odd mannequins are intriguing. Have you ever seen a mannequin that was so hideous and deformed that you had to take a second look? Never mind the outfit it sported or the company it represented. The display was so strange that it warranted an extra glance. Unnerving mannequins abound in all corners of the globe. You can spot grotesque models in Manta, limbless dummies in De Nang, and bizarre figures in Florence.
Headless mannequins are fascinating as well. Who takes the time to put together a matching fashion ensemble and then says, “Oh no! This won’t work. Grab a saw. We need to decapitate this bad boy.” Who designs these creatures? Maybe the mannequins were left over from defunct haunted houses and bought on discount. Are they survivors of test crashes or leftovers from nuclear tests in the 1950‘s? Is there a team of artists who were snubbed from horror films looking for a creative outlet?
This thought brings to mind the most famous films devoted solely to the creation of mannequins. They were cleverly titled Mannequin and Mannequin Two: On the Move. Without this landmark role who knows if Andrew McCarthy could have scored a leading part in Weekend at Bernie’s. Is it a coincidence that Bernie’s part was played by a mannequin in several scenes, or did McCarthy have it written in his contract that there must be at least one dummy across from him in his movies.
It’s interesting to note that Andrew McCarthy is now an acclaimed travel writer. I suppose besides an obsession with all things mannequin he has other things in common with World Winder. For example, he also likes to sequester himself in alien rooms far from home, typing on a tiny keyboard, as his friends and loved ones imagine him on beaches and in expensive restaurants while longing for his lifestyle.