Different types of mannequins are used in stores, depending on the purpose of the display and the level of elegance they are supposed to depict, says M. Yousuf.

There are various styles of mannequins to suit the display of individual stores or their layout. Some fashion mannequins suit almost every style and type of display they are supposed to be deployed in. These include:

1. Realistic mannequins


They live up to their name. Realistic mannequins look lifelike and are designed to look like a real person. Their fibreglass skin is made to replicate the human skin making them look even more realistic. Realistic fashion mannequins are sized to average human dimensions, and their heads are covered with wigs styled to look casual or formal, depending on the way they are to be dressed up. These mannequins are mostly used in high-end or expensive stores. Both male and female versions are shaped and built accordingly, making clothes that are put on them look usable and as close to a real person as possible.


2. Abstract mannequins


These mannequins are highly popular with elite stores and displays because of the astonishingly fine detailed finish they have. Abstract mannequins are treated more as contemporary pieces of art shown in quality fashion retail stores across the world. They have facial features that make them stand out from the rest. They have other characteristics like muscles, elbows, and fingernails. Some abstract fashion mannequins made from fibreglass will have the subtle curves of a human body, bringing out the best in the clothing put on them.


3. Headless mannequins


These offer great options for displays that are limited by the height of the ceiling. Also crafted from fibreglass, they come in various sizes, shapes, colours and poses depending on the requirement of the display. The fibreglass construction ensures durability and their neck is usually straight. Male and female headless fashion mannequins display all types of clothing efficiently because they do not offer any emotions.

4. Child mannequins


Child fashion mannequins help identify ideas for parents wondering how to dress up their children on different occasions. These give a display advantage over stores that do not have them. The sub-classes are baby, child and teenager, depending on the age bracket they are to depict. Baby dummies are comparatively lower in demand to the other two. Teenager mannequins attract teens exploring fashion and are probably the most attracted to fashion products. They come in many positions. Baby mannequins also come in crawling position, and teenager mannequins can seem to be jumping or happy.

5. Sexy Mannequins


Sexy fashion mannequins are used only in particular genre like lingerie outlets or 'adult' stores. They are made of high quality fibreglass and the skin feels realistic. They have detachable limbs to dress them up in lingerie or for the bed room. While they are available in both genders, most mimic the female form. These fashion mannequins have voluptuous shapes and are available in provocative poses to make the pieces on them more appealing.

6. Flexible mannequins


Flexible fashion mannequins are in high demand. Business owners can display them in ridiculous poses that defy imagination, and that makes them a window dresser's dream. While other mannequins are made of plastic or fibreglass, flexible fashion mannequins have joints of high-density flexible foam that can be twisted or moulded in many positions. Their heads can be tilted or moved to the side to incorporate even more poses. They are the easiest to dress up as no limbs are required to be taken off.

7. Ghost Mannequins


These mannequins are also known as photography mannequins or invisible mannequins. They especially suit high-class retailers and photographers because they tend to seem invisible in photographs, only showing the clothing as it is worn. Customers can imagine the garment on themselves and that gives them a better idea of the piece. They have multiple detachable parts that make the outfit look as if it is floating. So, ghost fashion mannequins are most popular with online stores and magazine displays.

8. Torso Mannequins


Compact and easy to transport, they are most widely available. Some torso mannequins come with the option of attaching limbs when needed and can display only the top part of the clothing efficiently. They are efficient in places where there are several mannequins and individual clothing lines need to be highlighted. They are the cheapest of fashion mannequins.

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About the author:

M. Yousuf has completed his MA with English in literature. He has more than 4 years of experience in the field of fashion content marketing and is currently working as a content writer. He is currently working for newtechdisplay.com