A reader asked the question: “Are you really anti-headless mannequins? Also what is your feeling on a mannequin in the living room (when the living room is also home office for a fashion designer)?”
I’m not “anti” anything per say….
Take a peek at the picture above. A headless body is an overtly frightening object, especially when life-sized. Now, we can argue that dress forms are not really bodies, but they often look just like torsos or bodies and are dressed that way with a metal or wood rod where the head would be!
My feeling on mannequins is not wholly positive but feng shui is a case-by-case situation where such intense symbolism is involved. For example, I am highly averse to anything headless in a bedroom on display: be it artwork or a mannequin, etc. Very few people could make an argument to sway me otherwise.
If you work in your living room as a designer and keep your mannequin there, well, that’s a different story…
Where you put these body forms in your living room and how you keep them when you are not working will influence your experience of space as well as that of those who visit you. Even if it’s a positive item for you to see, it’s still a symbol of your work life constantly on display. This isn’t always bad, but if you can’t socialize without work being prominent in the room does that fact influence the rest of your life? do others feel as comfortable seeing these mannequins? These are the type of questions I ask.
Hope this makes sense!
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