Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Are we ready for plumper mannequins?
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.