La Perla’s mannequins have an unacceptable amount of ribs

La Perla skinny mannequin

Fashion’s obsession with mannequins and the size of their plastic bodies continues this week, with the revelation that a mannequin in the brand’s Soho store has been found to have an unacceptable amount of ribs on show. Posting an image of the offending mannequin to his Twitter account, Michael Rudroy tweeted: “How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is OK?!”

Well, apparently they DON’T. Following the Twitter storm that ensued, La Perla issued the following statement:

“The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique. We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed in our US stores will no longer be used. We appreciate and value everyone’s comments, thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

Phew!

This issue is one which has been running for a while now. At a time when many retailers are rushing to introduce more “realistically” sized mannequins to their stores, in the belief that consumers will find them more relatable (and will thus buy more of the clothes they model), we remain convinced that mannequins are not the all-powerful arbiters of style that the media seems to believe them to be, although we guess that would be a lot of fun. Could The Fashion Police fight off a plastic model army? We don’t know, but we’d definitely give it our best shot.

With that said, we have to echo Michael Rudoy’s sentiments on this one and wonder aloud why someone at La Perla thought this lingerie set would look best with a side of ribs. The idea that there’s a factory somewhere churning out these is a bit creepy: but mannequins are ALWAYS a bit creepy, if you ask us.

What do you think? Is it a step too far, or a storm in a D-cup? (Sorry.)

7 Comments

  • May 15, 2014

    TurboFerret

    A lady this thin and this tall will show ribs. This is how a person this size would look in a bikini. The entire outrage about “OMG ribs” looks like fashion people wanting to warp the expectations women have of their bodies even more. You are thin, but you are not entitled to have ribs, because ribs are not sexy.

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    • May 15, 2014

      Tatch

      I think the point is more that a woman this thin and this tall, though she could be perfectly healthy in the flesh (depending on genetics), is not a healthy ideal to be pushed onto other women- i.e. anyone not naturally this shape, with these genes- because trying to otherwise reach that size would have nasty effects on women’s health, could cause eating disorders etc.
      And of course if it’s on display in a store its automatically assumed to be ‘in fashion’ and ‘the (only) perfect ideal’ because that’s just how the industry sell things.

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      • May 16, 2014

        TurboFerret

        I think this could be resolved by offering the look on mannequins representing different body shapes, but, alas, it is easier to remove the ribs.

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    • May 26, 2014

      Claudia

      I agree. The ribs, the collarbones, the iliac wings would show through the skin. But actually *showing* it seems to be too disturbing to the public. Imagine an ego-shooter game in which the shot figures would fall to the floor, clutch at their torn bodies, bleed, groan and expire miserably instead of just dropping dead. I would be realistic, but too disturbing for public acceptance.

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      • June 4, 2014

        TurboFerret

        Yes, BUT with Ego-shooters you are not actually being trained to go out and use a gun furthermore some ego-shooters do show that, but that is another can of worms.
        With this, the public is expected to be wearing the clothes the mannequins show, we will not see the ribs on the mannequin but we will see the ribs on real people. Furthermore since when are ribs disturbing?

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        • June 18, 2014

          Claudia

          The ribs themselves not, but for some that degree of thinness seems to be unacceptable. Though it has not always to do with being thin – my bones have shown all my life, and my body weight has always been at an BMI over 20.

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  • August 2, 2014

    Carol Campbell

    For God sakes get a life and stop worrying about what a mannequin looks like that holds clothes on for you to look at! Mannequins don’t cause weight issues, it’s a glorified hanger. Society causes weight issues. Skinny people, heavier people, no matter what shape you are, you are either happy with it or your not, if you’re not then do something about it with exception to those with a problem that may not be able to do anything about it. Live and let live, be beautiful with what you have. I am so sick of hearing what you should and shouldn’t wear or this one getting ridiculed because she wears a bikini and shouldn’t. If you are comfortable wear it, and anyone that bullies you for it should be ashamed, no one is perfect. That goes for age as well, do what you damn well please, fck the rest.
    Well that’s my rant for the day!!! You are what you are, and only you can critique yourself, no one else matters when it comes to your body, we only have one for a short time.

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