Dummies: The world of the mannequin factory
Sue is busy working on a large piece, helping her niece try to get a place on the arts course at Worcester University and of course making sure I’m fed and watered Joking aside, she’s rushed off her feet at the moment so I stepped up to provide today’s post. As I started to look around for something to write about I had no ideas but, I stumbled across this piece on the BBC website. Though we see them often, I’ve never previously given mannequins much thought; I found this little snippet quite intriguing and informative. I hope you do too. Thanks Auntie.
Inside an old tram depot in north-east London, craftspeople make the models that will showcase the latest fashions in shop windows across Britain. Over the years, the shape of mannequins has evolved. Reflecting changes in both fashion and body shape, their producers are mindful of the changing social situation as well as what will sell clothes. The mannequins made at the factory of Proportion London are produced by hand, from either fibreglass or papier mache. The company can trace its heritage in mannequin production back 150 years. Now the staff are preparing to leave their current factory and move to a new home.
BBC News went to see some of the old-fashioned techniques, still used to create the mannequins of today.
Video production: John Galliver