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Mannequins: The Shape of Culture

icon-smThe first of a series in which Anya will summarise her mannequin quest to assist in creating your own dress form or display mannequin.

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ruby_shoo  
  really great article looking Forward to part 2 :)  
 
char749  
  Thank you for a great article.

I would love to know more about early tailors dummies and see images of what they looked like. From your research, do you know what was in use during the 18th and 19th centuries?

I look forward to your next article.

Charlene Roberts
 
 
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Anya Kovacs  
  I did a quick Google search on mannequins from that period. According to Wikipedia life size wickerwork mannequins/dressforms came into use in the mid 18th century, and wire-work versions were made in Paris from 1835. I didn't come across any pictures from that era - more digging required!  
 
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CrikeyAphrodite  
  Interesting article. Funnily enough I contacted Figure Forms a while back to ask about availability in the UK. Sadly not, and the shipping was very, very expensive. So I envy you having them at the bottom of the garden :D  
 
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Anya Kovacs  
  Yes, sadly SA is pretty far away so shipping can be exorbitant! i keep trying to figure out a way to beat the system, but no luck so far...  
 
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galadriel  
  I have an antique from about 1890 and one of the CLM ones for corsetry. I also made a couple myself using one of the AS patterns (the waspy one)
I made it from coutil the way one would normally make a tailors ham, and now I have a corset shaped tailors ham to roll pin and steam mould onto.
Possibly the best idea I have ever had :)
 
 
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Anya Kovacs  
  Thank you all for your lovely feedback! I feel so lucky to be writing for a forum that has given me so much;)

I love the idea of a corset-shaped tailors ham! Another project to add to my list...
 
 
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