Pierre Iman’s Mannequins

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 … Continue reading Pierre Iman’s Mannequins

Anna May Wong(1905-1961)

Anna May Wong (1905-1961) was an American actress, considered to be the first Toisonese (Taishanese) Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as welll as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. Her long and varied career spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage, and radio. Born in Los Angeles to second-generation Toisonese (Taishanese)-Chinese-American parents, Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in … Continue reading Anna May Wong(1905-1961)