Ever since a certain little film released in 1987 brought us Kim Cattrall at her most demure and the glorious fictional creation that was Hollywood Montrose, we have had a certain appreciation for stiffs of the sartorial sort.
So we were quite interested to discover that the Bay Area is home to its own storehouse of mannequins called Mannequin Madness. Along with new mannequins and mannequin parts for sale (including some bald chicks with unsettlingly large bazoombas), the East Bay company sells cheaper secondhand options sourced from retailers undergoing remodeling projects or store closures. Mannequins and dress forms are also available for rental (prices start at $85/week).
Perhaps most intriguing, though, is the company’s willingness to rent not only its mannequins, but also its Oakland warehouse space to artists, fashion designers and others seeking the eerie ambiance only a legion of stiffs can provide for films, photo shoots and art projects.
The possibilities for creative expression seem endless (we think you can do better than Andrew McCarthy). And besides, where else can you find a crew that won’t talk back?