In the museum world, mannequins can be expensive. They are made out of special acid-free materials so that they don't harm fragile garments. We don't have our own mannequins so we've had to borrow when we wanted to feature clothing in a display.
But for our upcoming wedding dress display, we anticipate needing at least ten mannequins, and so we've taken a chance at making our own.
The initial prototype was made completely out of chicken wire, however, I think this one is more suited to the task. The torso is a dress form made out of card, and the bottom is made out of chicken wire, using a Simplicity skirt pattern. The idea is to cover both top and bottom with calico cotton to protect the dress.
What do you think? Will it work for wedding dresses?
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