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Transcript of Mannequins
Types of realistic mannequins
Misses or missy-size
Junior petite mannequin
Full figured mannequin
Young man mannequin
Howard Carter discovered the first mannequin in King Tut's tomb in 1923 holding the ruler's clothing
It was an armless, legless, wooden torso, made to the exact measurements of the pharaoh's
Dating from 1350 B.C., it is said to be the world's first dress form
What are they?
(for realistic mannequins)
A store’s most valuable asset: It is a “silent salesperson,” speaking the clearest fashion message.
Types of Mannequins
• Highly lacquered or plasticized
• Coarse hair
• Elaborate and decorative
• Better for semi-realistic or highly stylized mannequin
• Natural texture.
• Look and feel like real hair.
• Realistic wigs have skullcap for a base, and hairs are woven into it.
• Some mannequins have eyes painted onto the mannequin.
• Others produce mannequins with natural looking glass eyes set into open eye sockets.
• Appealing to teens to twenties, trendy, fun-loving
• Heads are overblown for effect
• Exaggerations are carried over the features, coloration, and hair styles
• For pre teen or kid mannequins may give a light-hearted effect
• Special heads can be produced for special promotions
• Natural pose, such as a body swing
• Can stand, sit, or recline
• Since there is no head it has no face, no personality, and no “image”
• Good for windows where height is a problem
• Considered to be cheaper than a realistic mannequin
• Mannequins are becoming more natural, true to life, more animated, and more identifiable as the people who shop there
• It may be young, wholesome, and homebred, or it may appear worldly, sophisticated, and right out of the champagne-and-caviar circuit.
• It can vary in sizing from a size 4 clear up to a 14 ½
• Make- up and wigs or other features that can be changed on the mannequin can make it look completely different
The Mannequin Guide
Why are mannequins used?
Are proportioned and sculpted like realistic mannequins, with makeup that is neither natural nor realistic, but more decorative or stylized.
They may also possess a completely realistic face with sculpted features but without any makeup at all.
The entire feature may be all white or all black, or a color to match a particular department or area.
1. They demonstrate how apparel would fit and feel on a human body
2. To get the shopper's attention
• Things such as a nose or mouth will be merely painted on or suggested
• Hairstyle will be painted onto its otherwise smooth, egg-shaped head
• Its doll like and decorative
• Popular price rather than elegant in appeal
Full body or sectional?
Full body: impressive, great attention grabbers, and can add character and aesthetics to a store
Sectionals (torsos, hands, head, feet, etc.): cheaper on space and money, and will keep the shopper's focus on the apparel rather than the mannequin
• Ultimate in style and decoration
• Arms and legs may be overly long or slender
• Rarely do they make an attempt to indicate feature or specific details: fingernails, elbows, musculature, and so on
• Abstract figure is frequently in white or black or sprayed in a color to match an interior design scheme
• Sophisticated and versatile figure
Misses or Missy size
• Size 4 to 8
• 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall
• bust, 35 inches; waist, 24 to 25 inches; and hips, 35 inches; the shoe size will run from 6 ½ to 7B, on up to 8 and 8 ½ B
Junior Petite Mannequin
Full Figured Mannequin
Young Man Mannequin
• Size 5
• Bust 32 inches, waist 22 inches, hips 32 inches
• 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches
• Used for young and active figures
• 5 feet 5 inches
• Size 3 to 5
• Wigs and makeup can make a big difference on how the mannequin will look in terms of age
• Size 14
• Mannequin is for large clothes or plus size
• 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches
• Bust 32 inch, 21-22 inch waist, and 32 inch hips
• Size 4 or 6
• Shoe is a 6 to 6 ½ B
• Girl size 8 to 10
• Proportioned for 10 to 12 year old girls
• Relatively flat, uncurved, and childlike
• 6 feet tall
• Size 39 to 40 jacket and size 32 in pants
• Shoe size 9 or 10
• Wears preppy clothes
• Wears size 16, 18, or 20
• Range from tiny tots to preteens
• Variety of ethnic groups, facial expressions, poses, and makeup styles
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