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Collectable mannequins and dressmaker models

Early Mannequins

Mannequins have been used since ancient times. The earliest known dressmaker model was found when Tutankhamun’s tomb (dating from 1350 BC) was opened. An armless, legless, wooden torso, made exactly to the pharaoh’s measurements, stood next to the chest that held the ruler’s clothing. Mannequins and fashion dolls remained popular among the rich and powerful […]  Continue Reading »

Pre-War Mannequins

Before the First World War, mannequins followed the Victorian fashion for large busts and impossibly thin waists. They were often made of papier maché which was much lighter than wax but became distorted if it got wet. With the First World War, fashions changed completely becoming less formal and more practical as many women went […]  Continue Reading »

Post-War Mannequins

During the Second World War, clothing became less ornate to save material for the war effort. Even mannequins did their bit by becoming slimmer and shorter than they had been. The shortage of materials during the War also led to the development of substitute materials, such as plastics and fibreglass. The first plastic mannequins were […]  Continue Reading »