Last Sunday was one of those rare times.
I was having dinner with Pam and Kei – which is a whole other story – and we were getting lost in the conversations that we were surprised to see that the staff from nearby establishments began closing their stores. Though we weren’t being harried out of the restaurant, we decided to leave. The mall was beginning to look sadder as the lights dimmed and more people exited.
As we were going down an escalator, we noticed a clothing store. Its lights were already out. No one was inside. Its doors were locked. And the mannequins sported veils that extended well past their waists.
The following day, I Googled the curious practice; hardly any significant results came, though the strange news that ISIS forbids that any depiction of the human form of both male and female be left without a cover made me wonder. So I asked friends. A number of them were of the practical opinion: keeps the dust away. That does make sense. But what doesn’t make sense is that the other objects on display, which are just as important, are left exposed.
Kei did mention last Sunday, as we were passing by the store, that some people believe that covering the mannequins keeps them from wandering about the mall—or something to that effect. Such a superstition exists?! Did that particular belief arise during the 80s when the “Mannequin” movies were released? Or is it older than pop culture? Have owners been covering (life-size) dolls ever since they were first made? Is it exclusive only to certain countries – because a number of online users are surprised about such a belief – and, if so, why just them?
Curiouser and curiouser ideas come to me. I wonder if particular stores actually follow that belief, even if they use headless mannequins.