Simpsons - Window Displays
Mimics Productions were commissioned to create four ballerina figures for a window display in Simpson Department Store, Piccadilly, London.
The sculptures were commissioned by both Simpson Department Store and The Imperial War Museum. The commission was prompted by the exhibition called 'Theatre de la Mode' at The Imperial War Museum. The exhibition featured the model figurines used by Dior during wartime as a way to continue to show the collection across the world, figurines were built to wear the garments in miniature to save precious fabrics. The original figures were sculpted in thin wire with china heads, wearing the tailored couture of the day.
Sally of Mimics Productions was asked to come up with a handful of modern day copies of the Dior figures but with a 'taste of London'.
Sally designed and created four ballerina wire framed figurines. Each figure depicted a famous London location; Big Ben, Eros, Tower Bridge and The Royal Albert Hall. Their heads were sculpted by Anna Poland* (to contact - see below) and cast in latex which looked just like porcelain. Each outfit was hand sewn and styled using reference photos of each London landmark. These four landmarks were chosen for their easy metamorphosis to fabric and wire. Each figure took a minimum of 160 hours - there were 145 wire solder points alone!