Will #Pinocchio Be The Next Supermodel?


Moschino Puppet Show Fashion Week Spring 2021

In her day Madame Bovary, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, was quite the slave to a pretty gown. Autumn is usually the time for fashion week in major cities, tempting people around the world with the sartorial equivalent of visions of sugar plums. With the problems presented by #Covid-19, fashion events have become unfashionable…though there are always work-arounds. For instance, in late September #Moschino decided to use puppets instead of live models to show off the brand’s creations. With help from the Jim Henson Creative Shop an entire fantasy runway came to life, complete with audience members molded to resemble #AnnaWintour and other en vogue luminaries. (Sadly, #MissPiggy was not invited.)

Marionettes have a long history of entertaining, often in sumptuous costumes, since the 16th century. Though probably originating in Asia, the puppet as we know it–a wooden creature dangling from strings–developed significantly in Italy during the Middle Ages. Sicily’s Opera dei Pupi, with reenactments of folk tales and history–including highly realistic swordplay–was hugely popular until the middle of the 20th century, as were nursery puppet theaters. Perhaps with quarantine keeping live social action to a minimum, stringed people will again take on ascendancy. Think how much fun it might be to have a #Zoom conference with one of these characters:

Vintage Italian Marionettes | Art dolls, Puppets, Puppetry

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