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Fantasies, Vinh Long, Vietnam, 2008

Fantasies, Vinh Long, Vietnam, 2008

Two women emerge from a wedding dress store in Vinh Long, a store that trades largely on dreams. Vietnamese weddings are often massive community events, and the bride changes dresses several times during the ritual. The women probably work in this store their businesslike outfits and attitudes contrast to the stylized mannequins in the store. They, like the motorbike parked just outside the store, represent the real world. I juxtapose them against the three figures inside the store that represent the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Phil Douglis23-Jan-2008 21:16
You are saying here, Carol, that these mannequins have Western, rather than Asian, features -- which is very common throughout Asia. Advertising is a western invention, and when Asians came to adapt it for their own use, they simply kept the Western paradigm as a standard. And so it has remained, leading to the incongruity of Asian dreams being defined and promoted by Western standards.
Carol E Sandgren23-Jan-2008 21:04
And again, the fantasy dresses are modeled by white mannequins, which may add to the fantasy in their world. Beautifully portrayed Phil! Dreams and fantasies are only a glasspane away!
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