If you have a love for antique clothing, then an antique mannequin has been, or is, on your wish list!  In this post I’m sharing a few of our latest antique mannequin finds. And also about collecting antique mannequins.

 

 

 

 

I am always smitten with Victorian mannequins, and always, always look for them on buying trips.  Sadly, most of them are in quite a state, it’s always a party at FrenchGardenHouse when we find a few that have survived the centuries!

 

 

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HISTORY

 

Some believe that mannequins were copied after the fifteenth century miniature fashion dolls – Milliner’s Mannequins. The dolls were dressed in expensive fashions made from sumptuous fabrics, and sent along to noble clients,  The noble or wealthy client could then “see” what a certain gown or suit would look like, and order real life size clothing for themselves.

 

In 1835,  a Parisian ironmonger developed a wire work mannequin, but it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that the first dressmaker’s mannequins were made.

 

 

 

Alexis Lavigne, a French tailor and inventor established the first fashion school in the world in France in 1841. In 1847 he invented the soft metric tape measure, and developed tailor’s dummies. He exhibited his first fashion Bust Mannequin in the International Exhibition.

 

 

 

Collecting Antique Mannequins

 

 

 

 

He opened a mannequin house in France in the 1850’s. Later he collaborated with Fred Stockman to develop mannequins with heads, arms and legs from wax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mannequin
noun

  1. an artist’s, tailor’s or dressmaker’s lay figure.
  2. a form representing the human figure used especially for displaying clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S DECOR

 

 

Antique Mannequins add so much elegance and style to your decor. They make a statement in every room!  This office designed by Sue Humphreys shows how a small mannequin can add a decorative and fun element.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my own office at FrenchGardenHouse, my mannequins are always here to keep me company.  I call them my “muses”…

 

 

 

 

 

In our living room, my very favorite French mannequins hold court.  I often dress them with antique jewelry, or celebratory ribbons. Because #antiqueswanttohavefun.  {Or…as my children say #ourMomisalittlecrazy}

 

 

 

collecting antique mannequins

 

 

 

collecting antique mannequins

 

 

 

A larger version sits in the hallway. Often dressed in an antique collar, he stands guard by the umbrellas and coats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even our FrenchGardenHouse shipping department has vintage mannequins!

 

 

 

 

 

Our master bedroom/bathroom has one too!

 

 

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Finally, we use our antique and vintage mannequins here at the shop to display antique jewelry.  They make great photo props too.

 

 

 

 

Antique mannequins add flair and a certain French je ne sais quoi to your home decor.  Obviously I can’t keep all of them to myself…that wouldn’t be nice.

 

 

Here are a few of the latest ones we’ve found for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

collecting antique mannequins

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DO YOU LOVE ANTIQUE MANNEQUINS? HOW DO YOU USE YOURS AT HOME?

 

 

 

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