Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Are we ready for plumper mannequins?

Clothes hang on hangers and I always think models are chosen because they show the clothes as if the garments were on a hanger. In other words--the models are crazy skinny. Some of their insect-like legs hardly even look human. (By the way, the male mannequins tend to be freakishly brawny.)

Some designers have defended this, but there is a growing trend (I learned) toward more realistic mannequins--even some depicting disabled people.

Lorynn Divita, PhD, co-author of Fashion Forecasting and associate professor at Baylor's Robbins Colleges of Health and Human Sciences. She answered some questions recently. Paraphrasing...

Why are mannequins so skinny--doesn't this discourage average size or larger women?
Mannequins are expensive--more plastic more cost. The average mannequin costs $500 to $900--and repairs can also run high. Also smaller mannquins are easier to "dress."

Wouldn't it still be worth it to create more realistic ones?
Sixty-five percent of American women are Size 14 or larger. Yet they only buy 17% of the apparel. As the plus-size market grows, the mannequin situation should change.

Who do the mannequins resemble?
Sometimes a celebrity with a popular shape. There are no standards, just as women's sizes also do not conform to a set of standards.

What other ways will mannequins evolve?
With active wear being more popular, mannequins will have to be doing more than standing or sitting--running, doing a yoga pose. Some swimwear has diving mannequins. Some mannequins may be suspended from the ceiling.

Also available--stickers to change facial expressions, fake eyelashes, and stick-on makeup changes.

Have you seen any of these new mannequins? Let me see if I can find a picture.

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