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misleading advertising

Monday, October 8th, 2012 | tags: , , , , ,  |

M&S promote British StyleI rarely go into M&S. This window display is a prime example of why. The slogan says “the best of British style” the mannequins are wearing shades of biege jumpers, denim and undistinctive footwear.  Neither classic, exciting, country, or any kind of combination that could really be described as style except perhaps ‘comfortably numb’.

Poor show M&S

I’m confident that British styling can do a whole lot better!

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attack of the headless family

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 | tags: , , ,  |

Mini AdultsA strange mutation in body fashion can be seen in the windows of Reading’s large chain stores

Headless mannequins seemingly move towards you in a manner yet more creepy than the infamous Jackson’s mannequins

In the first Elizabethan era the fashion was to dress children in miniature forms of adult clothing.  With heads still attached, though Liz’s dad was keen on perpetuating headlessness

Since then, the English fashions for dressing children have varied greatly.  But generally there has been a clear distinction between styles for different age groups.  Youngsters are dressed distinctively. You could tell the age of a child by the clothes they wore. It looks like this dress fashion is beginning to follow the theme of  the first Elizabethan period, dress children as mini-adult and

Off with their heads!

(whatever age)

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shared silence

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |

captive silenced female mannequinLunching with an hearing impaired friend (HIF) who uses spoken words rarely, with good effect:


HIF: you are the only person I know who talks less than I do

Wendy: is that good?

HIF: yes (laughs)

Wendy: (laughs)


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attack & big-dentured mannequins

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 | tags:  |

I’m considering taking-up mannequin design as a part-time profession to supplement my pension income when I retire.   As preparation I’ll be investigating current mannequin designs and looking for job openings.  Mannequin sales are booming as they are used outside of the clothes retail business for crash testing cars and in films as doubles for actors,  Fashion Windows explains that it is because they are:    

the silent sales people. They do their job all day and night, never tiring, never complaining, always quiet and never call in sick.

Even Dave Scarrott the traps, lures and scarers man had a mannequin on sale with his collection.   He was only offered 10 pounds for it and decided not to let it go for this paltry sum,   mannequins are valuable.

Sarah recently noticed that Portugal provides both attack and big-denture’d mannequins in the same window displays commenting that they are way more scarey than Jackson’s child mannequins.   Dave,   Sarah and Jacksons have tuned their psyche’s in to appreciate the value of a scary mannequin and sizable dentures.   Excellent.

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Lewis’s male mannequin

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |

In John Lewis’ this chap demonstrates a shoulder bag,   hat and khaki cargo pants,  he has almost all the necessaries to be a real dude.

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Jacksons: mannequins

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

A friend cited a blog post on Jacksons that I hadn’t yet written.   I suspect this is because my conversation and blog posts become indistinguishable over time as they ferment.   I’m fermenting a whole series of posts on the outstanding store that is Jacksons, that rightfully has a whole corner in Reading named after it.

We’ll start outside with the outstanding window displays.   These are reminiscent of the 1960’s.   The paper backdrop of large flowers could have been made, lovingly, by my mother,   or yours.   Thoughtful,   personal, tailored rather than mass produced,   I find the displays enticing.

Even the Mannequin’s look like they’ve escaped from the 1960’s.   With humour.   The Ladies nightware is cleverly marketted as ‘Slenderella’ and ‘Damella.   But the names don’t quite make up for non-topical goods.   You have to prize non-topical good to buy this nightware.  

The store cares,   next to the sign indicating that they have the ubiquitous CCTV is one pointing out that their floors MAY be slippery when wet.   another sign lets you know that for our own safety we should not lean against  their windows.   Is there an ominous side to this?   Are they teasing us?   Which floors are wet and which are dry?   What will happen if we lean against their windows?

This  slightly sinnister side is compounded by some of the mannequins.   A child mannequin in a tutu appears to watch you with evil eyes… …she scared me…   …intrigued me…

Other Mannequins display a slightly non-sober jaunty angle with their wigs and hats.   Explore my flickr photographs of Jacksons for the full effect.

Rarely can I resisit going into Jacksons.   The inside of the store is another set of stories altogether.   Worth waiting for.

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