SHOW: A Book of Fashion, Furniture and Art

June 26, 2009

Ralph Pucci is a design impresario best known for redefining the look of store mannequins through innovative collaborations with artists and designers. I’m fortunate to have created two kids’ mannequin collections for Ralph: the blocky Kool Kat Klubhouse Kidz and the more lifelike Whiz Kids set. The latter appears in his new book, SHOW, presenting 15 years of exhibitions in his New York showroom and gallery space.

Maira Kalman's mannequins on the left; my Whiz Kids figures and Pucci showroom mural on the right. Fashions by Manolo.

Maira Kalman's mannequins on the left; my Whiz Kids figures and Pucci showroom mural on the right. Fashions by Manolo.

Since inheriting his parents’ mannequin business, Pucci branched out to deal in furniture, rugs, lighting, photography, painting, and print graphics too. His collaborators include designers Anna Sui, Jens Risom, Andrée Putman, Isabel Toledo; painters Kenny Scharf, James Brown, Ruben Toledo; and illustrators Maira Kalman, Anja Kroencke, Laura Ljungkvist and Jeffrey Fulvimari to name just a few featured in the book.

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SHOW was published this month by Glitterati Inc. and previewed in Pilar Viladas’ recent
New York Times T Magazine blog post.