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The main use for mannequins is to display clothing in stores. A display mannequins is generally a full size piece, created to look like a real human. A good mannequin will be made with all of the features that a person will have including arms, legs, a head and feet. Display mannequins can be made of either fiberglass, wood, plaster or wax. Almost every clothing store uses at least one mannequin to display their merchandise. Mannequins are commonly found in the front windows of stores either at the mall or in quaint downtown shops to show off the store’s newest looks. It is important that you use life size display mannequins to model the clothes.
You want potential customers to see the clothing as if it were on a real person. Although most mannequins in use are complete with head, torso, arms and legs, mannequins are also available as only torsos. You can use these mannequins for modeling shirts or blouses in a small area. The torso models take up less space, but the life size mannequins are more versatile. You can use them to display complete outfits including accessories such as hats, belts, scarves and even bags. Mannequins used to model clothing are usually modeled after people who are physically fit. Potential customers are more likely to be attracted to the clothing if it is presented in a flattering way on the model. Mannequins are available in a variety of materials. The most popular material is now fiberglass.
Fiberglass mannequins are durable and easy to mass produce. Mannequins can also be made of plaster. Although plaster mannequins are more easily broken than those made of fiberglass, they can still be very useful if handled carefully. Wooden mannequins are less common than are plaster and fiberglass mannequins. Wood mannequins take longer to make. These mannequins were much more prevalent before the use of plastics became popular. Wax mannequins are used in museums, but they are rarely used to display clothing in stores. Potential customers will want to see what an outfit would look like on a real person. Using a display mannequin is a great way to present the outfits you have available for sale.
The head of the mannequin should be a life size head that includes all of the features you would find on your own human face. Mannequin heads are useful in a variety of different settings. You could use mannequin heads in a wig shop, or to model hats, to model make up or even to help students learn to cut hair. Mannequin heads are built to scale and can be made to look like a variety of different people.
Some mannequin heads have such a lifelike look that they are nearly eerie. Mannequin heads are commonly made from either foam, plastic or vinyl. In some places it is much easier, and a more effective use of space, to use a mannequin head instead of a life size mannequin. Mannequin heads are most useful in either hat shops or wig shops. Several mannequin heads can be set up displaying different looks in areas as small as table tops. In stores where hats are being sold, having the most lifelike mannequins is not necessary.
A basic mannequin head can still give the customer a good idea of what a certain hat would look like on a person. You can also use mannequin heads to display wigs. When displaying wigs, you may want to choose mannequin heads that are more lifelike, using common head and face shapes, to give your customers a better idea of what different styles of wigs would look like on different people. You will want to be sure to have a variety of different heads in your store to give your customers many different looks to consider.
In beauty schools, mannequin heads with real human hair are often used as training tools. By using these tools, students can learn what it is like to cut a real person’s hair on a realistic mannequin head. Not only are mannequin heads useful for displaying a selection of hats or wigs in a store, they can also be used for training tools by students in beauty schools.
You have a variety of choices of materials for your store fixtures. Your choices include wood, metal, plastics and conglomerate materials such as pressed wood and fiberboard.
Three factors will influence your decision of materials for your display products: your budget, the weight and size of the products you will be displaying and the décor you have chosen for your store. Whatever your needs, one of these materials is bound to serve your needs well.
With the advances in methods used to improve the look of metal and the plunge in the price of metal, custom metal store fixtures have become quite popular recently. In times past, metal fixtures were thought to be too heavy, too expensive or too limited in style to be adapted to changing trends. Formerly, metals were used mostly in industrial settings. Now metal fixtures are sought after for use as modern point of purchase displays, counters, garment racks and shelving systems. In contrast to the material of times past, modern metals are lightweight, easy to work with and attractive. They also tend to last longer than most other materials used for store fixtures. Called gondolas, freestanding and mounted shelving units are now made into merchandise display systems in a variety of galvanized metals. You can use gondolas to display a variety of merchandise ranging from videocassettes to shoes and clothing to cosmetics. By utilizing bonded coatings, custom metal store fixtures can imitate any appearance you would like, including wood, for a fraction of the cost.
In addition, these metal shelves almost never require any specialized maintenance beyond a simple cleaning with a damp cloth. Today’s metal store fixtures are a very good investment based on their price, durability and style. The newer custom metal store fixtures on the market today have been created to imitate standard slatwall panels. Instead of using pressed wood or fiberboard, these strong, thin metal sheets are produced with holes or grooves that have been designed to support a variety of attractive accessories that enable hanging and shelving displays for many products. The weight of the products you need to display can be an issue when using slatwall panels for displays, but with custom metal store fixtures, you can display items of far greater weight without having to worry about bending, cracking or diminishing the overall appearance of your display.
Almost every clothing store uses mannequins. Mannequins are available in several different styles. They are also available in many different materials including wood, wax, fiberglass and plastic. Some mannequins are formed in one pose, but others are equipped with adjustable arms and legs. Mannequins are made to represent men, women and children. There are even mannequins available that resemble movie stars and other celebrities. Mannequins have been in existence for over one hundred years. The primary use for mannequins is to display clothing in retails stores. There are other life size mannequins made for purposes such as automobile crash tests and CPR training classes. These life size mannequins have made it possible for researchers to determine what effects certain traumatic events can have on a human without exposing people to dangerous situations for research purposes. Many different types of mannequins are available for the purpose of modeling clothing.
The most frequently used type of mannequins are life size, and life like, mannequins. They are made to resemble a human and have arms, legs, hands, feet and a head. Many of the mannequins used in stores are able to be posed giving them a more realistic look. These mannequins are used to model all types of clothing, from pants to dresses to shirts and even shoes and accessories. The appropriate gender mannequins are available to model the type of clothing that you are selling. Child size mannequins are available as well. In addition to life size mannequins, partial mannequins are also available. These mannequins consist of a torso on a stand.
They are used to display shirts or blouses. Although they cannot accommodate a full outfit, these mannequins take up less space and are easier to maintain. Mannequins that are used in stores to model clothing are usually created to resemble people who are physically fit. That way, the clothing being modeled will be presented in a flattering manner. Although mannequins may be overlooked, they serve a valuable purpose in the areas of crash tests and CPR training courses. They are also of great use to those in the retail clothing business.