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A short historical past of puppet trend exhibits


You might have heard about Moschino’s marionette trend present at New York Trend Week that lately went viral. It was put collectively by Moschino Artistic Director Jeremy Scott, who was trying to find revolutionary methods to showcase Moschino’s Spring/Summer time 2021 assortment within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeremy has labored with puppets earlier than (he’s often dressed Miss Piggy through the years) and he determined to achieve out to his collaborators at Jim Henson’s Creature Store to assist deliver his concept to life.

He and the Creature Store’s Peter Brooke lately spoke with Vogue concerning the challenge:

Utilizing puppetry in a trend present definitely isn’t widespread, however as Jeremy explains within the making of featurette above, utilizing marionettes and dolls for a trend present isn’t a brand new concept. The earliest instance of a marionette trend present I’m conscious of – and the one I imagine Jeremy references – was staged in London throughout the Second World Warfare:

(watch the newsreel for the marionette trend present, however keep for the sexist, outdated timey reporting on the WWA – Girls’s Wrestling Affiliation – but extra proof that seemingly new concepts are sometimes something however)

There’s additionally this present, which was staged in London a number of years later (1960) :

Trend exhibits aren’t only for marionettes both. Again within the late Nineteen Nineties I used to be concerned in a number of trend exhibits for Italian-Canadian Designer Sofia Verna that featured life measurement black gentle puppets. Extra lately, British designer Aitor Throup showcased his assortment at London Trend Week on massive scale puppets carried out by Puppets with Guts. I’m certain there are different examples of collaborations between trend homes and puppetry corporations that I’ve missed.

Particular because of Ilan on the Israel Puppet Theater Middle for sharing Moschino’s marionette present at New York Trend Week!

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