Source:  NYTimes, Dec 2010

The jury is still out on whether flesh-and-blood models are even necessary to move merchandise sight unseen. Bluefly and the OutNet mostly use mannequins on their item shots. Net-a-Porter, the international luxury online retailer that feeds the discount OutNet, crops out models’ faces, as if to disabuse them of the prevalent notion of our time that they can be more than clothes hangers. The site shows multiple views of a $1,355 Miu Miu asymmetric strapless crepe dress, and a video that clarifies where the slit in the hem falls. But the statuesque model wearing it remains faceless.

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