Whether as a shop window display mannequin or for designing the next big thing in fashion, a mannequin or tailors dummy is a staple item for many retailers. Pronounced "manikin", ensure the mannequin you choose helps your clothing stand out.
There are a number of materials used to make a mannequin or dummy, first made from wood for a sturdy display with adjustable limbs to give you the flexibility to merchandise stock as appropriate. Wood is no longer commonly used due to its weight and lack of longevity but is a look that vintage stores are keen on.
Polystyrene is a hard wearing plastic that is virtually indestructible making for a long lasting mannequin for displaying clothes to shoppers in busy store environments. Plastic mannequins are lightweight making them easy to manoeuvre, change the clothing on and lift in tight areas like a shop window. Plastic mannequins are also a more cost effective option as they are usually lower in price.
Fiberglass is now the most common material used to manufacture mannequins but must be handled with care to avoid damage to the surface. Fiberglass mannequins are sturdy and can create a more realistic looking model with easy to sculpt features.
Regardless of the material, most full or half body mannequins on the market are adjustable, easy to use and easy to store away for when they are needed next time.