I remember when I saw the antique dress form in the corner of the shop on Smith Street in Brooklyn — her bodice was slightly ripped and she was dusty but I knew she would look perfect in my room next to the dresser.
The owner of the shop ( I forget the name and not even sure it is still there) sold her to me for $50 which was pricey for me back then as I had just moved to New York and barely making rent each month. I've never regretted the purchase and she has moved with me at least 5 times. When I met my husband, he named her Mathilde.
Dress forms, in all sizes and colors, are great as sculptural objects or for holding jewelry and scarves. Of course some people actually use them for their intended purpose, too! Lucky for Mathilde, her working days are over.