Vintage Mannequins: Strangely Beautiful Dress Forms

Vintage Mannequins: Strangely Beautiful Dress Forms

Catrin Morris
Dec 16, 2010

To some they may be sort of creepy (a friend was reminded of The Silence of the Lambs) but to me vintage mannequins are beautifully sculptural and add instant character to a room. These headless, limbless figures, also known as dress forms, are simple dummies used to give the tailor a three-dimensional feedback while a garment is being sewed.

Apart from being a conversation starter, mannequins can also be quite practical. Obviously the crafty sewer will appreciate dress forms for their intended purpose. But these whimsical statuettes can also be used for hanging jewelry, hats or scarves. They can also be used as cork boards, as in Image 7.

1 Apartment Therapy.
2 You can buy vintage mannequins from this English site. These are decoupaged with vintage Paris maps. Corset Laced Mannequins.
3 New dress forms for sale at PB Teen. $199.
4 Here, the mannequin is used to hold necklaces and flowers. Little French Nest.
5 The unadorned black mannequin nicely contrasts with the whitewashed look of this room on Country Living.

6 One thing I love about the mannequin in this room is how it helps fill out very high ceilings. Little Bits of Lovely.
7 Here the mannequin is used as a hat stand and a cork board for post-it notes and other papers. Apartment Therapy.
8 Modern Kiddo. A vintage mannequin found on Craiglist; once used as a dress form for a fashion student/seamstress.
9 A (very) pricey antique mannequin from the 1890s in France. Briggs House Antiques on 1stDibs.
10 Isn't this one just lovely? If I ever buy a vintage mannequin I want one like this. A Perfect Gray.

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