Our Lady of Sorrows, mannequin doll, pulp fiction, agent provocateur

Our Lady of Sorrows?, Mannequin doll? Pulp fiction cover?

This tearful lady is actually displaying the luscious lingerie of Agent Provocateur in an Amsterdam store.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of Sorrows (Latin: Mater Dolorosa), and Our Lady of PietyOur Lady of the Seven Sorrows or Our Lady of the Seven Dolours are names by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is referred to in relation to sorrows in her life. As Mater Dolorosa, it is also a key subject for Marian art in the Catholic Church.

Mannequin dolls

The first fashion mannequins, made of papier-maché, were made in France in the mid-19th century. Mannequins were later made of wax to produce a more lifelike appearance. In the 1920s, wax was supplanted by a more durable composite made with plaster.

Modern day mannequins are made from a variety of materials, the primary ones being fiberglass and plastic.

Pulp fiction

Pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”) are inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 through the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood paper on which the magazines were printed; in contrast, magazines printed on higher quality paper were called “glossies” or “slicks”. The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The pulps gave rise the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill low quality literature.

Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur is a British lingerie retailer founded in 1994 by Vivienne Westwood’s son Joseph Corré and Serena Rees. The company has 100 stores in 13 countries. In 2007, 3i, the private equity firm, purchased 80% of the company for £60 million. The company is famous for its provocative videos. The most recent urges women to control their own destinies (while wearing luxury AP lingerie, of course). www.agentprovocateur.com/eu_en