Choosing the Clothes
- Prepare the outfits before dressing – steam and remove/hide any tags.
- Try to choose clothing that fits the mannequin best – yes, you can pin it afterwards but this can deceive consumers about the cut of clothes.
- If you have to dress mannequins in a hurry, choose skirts and dresses rather than pants, as they are easier to put on and you are less likely to cause damage
- Stretch fabrics are easier to clothe the mannequins in
- Never dress a mannequin without completely dismantling it first.
Preparation of the Mannequin
- Place a plastic bag or foam covering over the mannequin’s head to avoid any damage to the face throughout the entire dressing process.
- Lay dismantled mannequin parts on a soft surface (such as a drop sheet) to avoid chipping
- Wear gloves so you don’t scratch the paint on the mannequin, or at least remove hand jewellery.
The Dressing Stages
- Most mannequins can be separated at the waist. Dress the mannequin below the waist first.
- Don’t do up any zips or buttons until all clothing is on the mannequin, to avoid inadvertent scratches.
- If you are putting pants, leggings or footwear on the mannequin, place the torso upside down on the ground to stabilize.
- Use two people to position pants or leggings on the legs – and detach the legs from the torso if necessary
- After the lower half of the mannequin is dressed, stand it in position on the baseplate. It will be a lot easier than moving the fully clothed mannequin there later!
- To dress the upper half of the mannequin, attach the torso to the lower half, but do not attach the arms yet.
- Thread the arms (without hands attached) down each sleeve then attach the arm to the torso.
- Carefully attach hands – these are the most fragile part of the body.
- Do up all fastenings …. gently! Metal zips and buttons can scratch the surface of the mannequin.
Styling the Mannequin
- Stand back from the mannequin for an overall view prior to final styling tweaks
- Style the clothing for added character – roll up sleeves and cuffs, turn up or unbutton collars etc.
- Carefully position the wig, add headwear and accessories to humanize your mannequin.
- Check for neatness – Steam out any creases that have appeared, straighten seams and necklines
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