Sinéad Burke Creates the World's First Little Person Mannequins

Just this month, Burke became the first little person to walk the pink carpet at the Met Gala.

The exhibition is the first of its kind. 

Inclusion activist and general multi-hyphenate Sinéad Burke has taken control of fashion's glaring diversity problem and lent both her mind and body to an upcoming exhibition.

Working with the National Museum of Scotland, Burke has helped create the first little-person mannequins, which were cast from her body and will feature in the 'Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk' exhibition. The process took five months of collaboration. 

Writing on Twitter, Burke shared the adage "if you can see it, you can be it", a phrase she has consistently used to over the years to hammers home the need for greater representation in fashion. 

Taking to Instagram, Burke posted pictures of the new mannequins alongside a with a lengthy description. 

"Last night in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland opened their new exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’. I’m very honoured to have two pieces from my wardrobe featured in the exhibition, but even more importantly, it was a platform for us to make history. 

"Over the past five months, I’ve been jaunting back and forth to London to have my body cast by Proportion London to create the world’s first mannequin with dwarfism.

"The future possibilities are almost endless: Museums, retail spaces, a lamp for my home... it’s a disruption to the fashion system but there’s so much more to do."

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Last night in Edinburgh, the @nationalmuseumsscotland opened their new exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’. I’m very honoured to have two pieces from my wardrobe featured in the exhibition, but even more importantly, it was a platform for us to make history. I cannot thank @georgina_ripley_curator enough for her extraordinary vision and kindness. . . Over the past five months, I’ve been jaunting back and forth to London to have my body cast by @proportionldn to create the world’s first mannequin with dwarfism. The future possibilities are almost endless: Museums, retail spaces, a lamp for my home... it’s a disruption to the fashion system but there’s so much more to do. . . Body Beautiful opens in Edinburgh today and will be here until October. It’ll then tour the world! Best of all though, it’s free and there are specific tours and arrangements for the deaf community and those who are visually impaired. For little people, the exhibition is populated with footstools incase you need to rest or get closer to something! . [Image description: Standing in the halls of the National Museums of Scotland, there are two images. In the first, I’m twirling in front of my mannequin - both of us wearing beautiful, bespoke dresses by @christopherkane. (Christopher, thank you for everything.) In the first image, the lace skirt is extended and the photographer caught me in the middle of laughing manically. In the second image, I’m leaning on the shoulder of my mannequin, looking far cooler than I feel.]  Neil Hanna for #BodyBeautifulExhibition

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The exhibition will explore how fashion is increasingly pushing boundaries when it comes to accessibility and celebrating other ideals of beauty, in size, age, race, gender and disability.

Body Beautiful is open in Edinburgh from 23 May and will be there until October. From then, it will tour the world.

The exhibit is totally free and inclusive, allowing for specific arrangements for the deaf community and those who are visually impaired. For little people, the exhibition is populated with footstools in case you need to rest or get closer to view the pieces. 

Main image by @thesineadburke

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