Pierre Imans, a French mannequin manufacturer of the period, made wax mannequins for department stores worldwide. Imans took the mannequin to new heights with modernist figures, new poses, and some of the first mannequins with darker skin tones, modelling a mannequin after dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker. Some of his models are even subversive, showcasing a lesbian couple at the “Streets of Paris” exhibition at the Moulin Rouge in the 1920s.

Pierre Imans store-display, Paris, ca. 1929
Pierre Imans working in his atelier
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Mannequins created by Pierre Imans for exhibition in Turin, 1911

Mannequins created by Pierre Iman