Vintage Style Mannequins

Friday, 18 September 2009

My Latest Vintage Mannequin Additions

I was very lucky to find two superb c1890 vintage wasp waist French mannequins lately and have just added them to my site. One is a classic antique Stockman mannequin and all the superb workmanship of this premier make of mannequins is evident in the exacting seamwork. The other is a name I have not come across before - she is made by E.A.Merle and the makers mark can be seen on the fabric at the base of the torso, along with the address of the street in Paris where she was made. It is always fascinating to find new makes of antique mannequins, especially the wasp waisted variety! I can only think that this was an independent shop which made bespoke dress forms for individual customers, unlike Stockman, who produced mannequins across France. Who knows? But I would love to think that this beautiful wasp waist form was made specifically for a partucular lady, who could have then had her seamstress tailor her wonderful dresses using it.

I have also added a wonderful 1940s/50s antique Stockman mannequin.

To see these three vintage mannequins please click below:

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