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Vintage Mannequins

Vintage mannequins are predominately used by retailers and dressmakers for displaying and showcasing clothing, although, a vintage mannequin won't look out of place as a decorative piece in a bedroom or dressing room. Whether you're looking for a way to boost sales for your retail store or a retro talking point for your home, a vintage mannequin is perfect in both scenarios. Mannequins have been used in one form or another since the early 15th century. Back then they were small milliners’ mannequins. However, it is the wirework and also wax and plaster mannequins from France around the mid to late 19th century that most people are familiar with today. For inspiration on how to style vintage dressmakers' mannequins, browse the wide selection of mannequins we have available at Vinterior. It doesn’t matter if you are after a full-sized model, a torso and head or just a head on its own, you will find what you need right here.Shop hundreds of pre-owned mannequins for sale and buy direct from a trusted Vinterior seller today.

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What to look for in vintage mannequins


First and foremost, finding the right size is a crucial aspect to consider when choosing a mannequin. If, for instance, you require a vintage mannequin for the window display of your clothes shop, a vintage mannequin head would not be suitable. Likewise, if you're just looking for an attractive piece to give your bedroom dressing table a vintage touch, you may find a full-size model difficult to accommodate.

Another important aspect of vintage mannequins that requires your attention is the material it's made from. Many materials have been used over the years, and at Vinterior we sell lots of them. From the more modern injected plastic to wireframe and metal, as well as the durability, the construction of a mannequin can affect how lifelike it actually looks. And how useful it is as a clothes-horse or talking point. If it's important for a vintage mannequin to look as lifelike as possible, you will want to avoid plastic. Although this is one of the most commonly used materials for mannequins, it does not produce a particularly life-like dummy.

If a room in your home follows an industrial theme, both wireframe old factory mannequins can be incredibly impactful. Want to offer something other than the traditional coat hooks in your porch or hallway? A mannequin could be just the quirky solution you are looking for.


Why choose a vintage dressmaker’s mannequin?


One of the most enduring styles of mannequin that has been available throughout the years is the dressmaker’s mannequin. A vintage dressmaker’s mannequin also brings character. Many have naturally distressed colourings and feature wear and tear that can add to a shabby chic vibe in your home. Not only does this make them greater charm to look at than those pristine, fresh out the factory new ones, it also means they come with a story, a background.


Shop used mannequins for sale in the UK at Vinterior

Interested in finding a great vintage mannequin? At any one time, we may feature a wide variety for sale. We currently have very plain and traditional models from various periods, such as the 40s and 50s. Alongside these though, we have some spectacular, if curious, pieces from lingerie manufacturer Gossard and some exquisite decorative mannequin lamps.

Source the perfect pre-owned mannequin for your display from an independent seller at Vinterior today.


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