The papers are reporting this is a reflection of a trend for curves started by Adele and Christina Hendricks. Unlikely, although it probably is a culmination of an on-going trend for 1940s and 50s vintage style and shop assistants getting effing fed up of constantly having to pin garments to fit size 0 dummies.
Displaysense said: “Staying relevant to your audience is essential and our order books show that sales of larger sized and bigger breasted mannequins, wider clothes hangers for heavier garments and other plus-size display products are undoubtedly on the rise in 2012.”
Mannequins with asymmetric boobs – 25% of women’s breasts display asymmetry and 10% are severely asymmetrical. Displaysense and shops would be making a lot of crossed armed teenage girls feel happier about themselves.
Mannequins with non-gravity defying boobs – In both lingerie and clothes shops it is difficult to gauge from a mannequin how clothes might sit because their plastic nipples are about level with their ears.
Mannequins with squishy upper arms – Ok, they don’t have to be squishy, those soft children’s mannequins frighten me a little, mainly because they usually have blank faces like a Steiner doll, brr. How about just mannequins with upper arms that do not have the same circumference of my wrist?
Mannequins with massive beefy hands – The actress Marlene Dietrich always retouched her own photos if her hands were in frame, because they were notoriously ‘mannish’. Perhaps shops could offset the worry of those women with Dietrich hands by using a less spindly mould.
Mannequins without a discernible bottom – It is rather cruel to display jeans on a marvellously bubble-butted mannequin, every time I fall for it and think it’s all about the clever cut of the denim.
Mannequins with short legs – This one is close to my heart as a woman who is well in proportion but for her short legs. Trousers labelled ‘petite’ or ‘ankle grazing’ are still too big for me.
Mannequins under 6 foot – Another one maybe a little personal to me but somebody needs to think of the 5 foot grown woman here.
I am sure you all have lots of suggestions for the manufacturers of mannequins, comment below and lead the revolution!