Mom Maria from the PowderBox Girls by Mimi Berlin

Mom Maria from the PowderBox Girls by Mimi Berlin

Mom Maria is one of the PowderBoxGirls made by Mimi Berlin. Like all the other women in this series he has her own story; This is Maria, she is a secluded person and does her job at night in an anonymous way; she covers her face with latex. Maria was a stay-at-home mom by day, but her son just died. She is still in mourning so she visits his grave most of the time, Actually, she visits every day and brings flowers.Mom Maria from the PowderBox Girls by Mimi Berlin

Mom Maria, 2016, Mixed media (plastic cube, 1920s porcelain halfdoll, marked ‘foreign’. Compact powder box ‘Vogue’ 1970s, petit trinketbox with portrait of a boy, latex, oversized pin.) 10 x 10 cm. Continue reading

New Powderbox Girls

New Powderbox Girls

The Powderbox Girls are readymades by Mimi Berlin, 2016. Mixed media with found and collectable objects, which (like Mimi Berlin’s Random Stories) are treasured in plastic cubes. In some of the cubes all the items have been left untouched entirely; no glue or other adhesives that can damage items (such as the collectable compact powder boxes or the halfdolls). All the boxes are sealed with a gold filled seal, if you break the seal, and open the box, the sculpturettes inside will fall apart. The ‘Powder Box Girls’ are part of Mimi Berlin’s ‘Fuck Flat’ series. Read all about them HERE at www.mimimall.me

Fall 2015 Prêt-à-Porter: SideShow

Fall 2015 Prêt-à-Porter: SideShow

A sideshow is an extra, secondary production associated with a circus. We, at Mimi Berlin, are big fans of these acts. In fact we tributed a complete series of Statuettes to the genre, which was very popular in the beginning of the 19th century. Acts such as for instance the Sutherland Sisters and the Hilton Sisters didn’t necessarily have a world shocking skill, no, their main asset was the out-of-the-ordinary appearance they were born with. People just liked looking at them for entertainment. Maybe the same goes for fashion shows nowadays.

The Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015 show was obviously inspired by the sideshow and it’s stars; the setting had the poor man’s atmosphere; with all different ‘shabby” wooden stools and chairs, with colorful plateau’s for the models to take a moment in the spotlight, just like in the circus. Not so shabby were the clothes; beautifully embellished styles were inspired by the circus in the twenties as well; velvet, bias cut, stripes, corsets, ruffles and marabou feathered capes, you name it. A total abundance of real glamour. But Make-up and hair were the most obvious “vaudeville/sideshow/circus” styling devices; Lots of fabulous piercings, which also created optical moustaches and tears. More than one set of earrings in one ear, hair in slick twenties style also with a “moustache” fringe. to cut it short; over the top top top!

Also the collection by the house of Alexander McQueen was inspired by the sideshow stars. Less glamorous were the Ladies with updo’s and painted lips. Like the original sideshow acts, they were made to look a bit rundown, twenties vaudeville style, but wearing stunningly “frumpled” lace dresses…

At Maison Margiela, designed by John Galliano, the models (not all but some, like we picked out from the style.com runway looks) actually were the sideshow, we like the fact that Mr Galliano shows us that a sideshow still exists. (all images via style.com)

watch the video of the Givenchy show HERE

The History of Circus Legends in a Trend Forecast

The History of Circus Legends in a Trend Forecast

Mimi Berlin’s History Of Circus Legends Group-Portrait was used in a trend forecast page by Textile View magazine (issue #107/Autumn 2015 titled; entre-deux). Although they flipped and cropped our original image, we’ll share the page with you anyways. (Thank You/Danke/Merci Eli Schäffer) Continue reading

Perfume Families by Mimi Berlin

Perfume Families by Mimi Berlin

in Harper’s Bazaar NL. Mimi Berlin created “Perfume Families” with custom-made statuettes for Harper’s Bazaar NL (issue #3; Dec 014/Jan 015) This BeautyBazaar editorial is photographed by JW Kaldenbach, text is written by Maroesja de Ruyter.
Next to that JW Kaldenbach and Mimi Berlin created 3 more pages for the magazine with ready made statuettes; Our Titty Trapeze, Head Balancer and Horseback Rider are presenting high-end products by Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Cartier. (view more of Mimi Berlin’s statuettes HERE)