Mannequins have been the center of frequent conversation in the world of fashion. The chatter is usually centered on how realistic and accurate the mannequins are, with stores like Missguided and Nike earning praise for its decision to display a more inclusive range of mannequins. While we love to see a mannequin with stretch marks or realistic body proportions, Balenciaga may have gone above and beyond, creating displays that have unnerved some social media users.
If, like me, you lived out much of your childhood believing that store mannequins could come to life, your time has come. As reported by W, Balenciaga has unveiled new mannequins that were created using 3D scanning and other technology. The brand confirmed for Teen Vogue that the mannequins are based on IRL Balenciaga models from runway shows and campaigns, and as W noted, some mannequins are even dressed as their IRL counterpart. You could mistake one of the models for a wax figurine from Madame Tussauds.
So far social media is split on how to feel. "I have a love / hate relationship with the future," one person noted, and another summed up all of our emotions, tweeting, "This is terrifying and I absolutely love it." Though the world remains undecided on the overly realistic mannequins, one Twitter user noted that the concept is unique, and wondered if it could be taken a step further: "Would be interesting to add some standing idle animatronic bots later to give more ambience," they wrote.
There's no word on whether the IRL mannequins will one day hit the runway or completely operate the store, but for now you can check out five of the mannequins at the New York City flagship location, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, and Mount Street in London.
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