The history of mannequins can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where they were used as tailor's dummies to display clothing. In the 19th century, mannequins became more realistic, with detailed faces and bodies. These early mannequins were often made of paper-mâché or wax and were used in department stores to display women's clothing. By the early 20th century, mannequins were made of more durable materials such as plastic and fiberglass, and their design became more anatomically accurate.
Mannequins from early 20th century
Mannequins from the 40's, 50's and 60's
The mannequin in the picture next to this text is my own mannequin. I found it at a thrift store nearby. There are a few things wrong with it. Unfortunately, the mannequin no longer has a head. Also, her hand is not in good condition.
However, I personally don't find these two faults to be a problem at all. The fact that the head is missing is not relevant for its intended use. This was also easily fixed by placing a nice high hat in place of the head.
I was particularly charmed with the posture she has and the elegant legs with high heels.
The last picture is of a bust from the 1920s. A mannequin head used to display hats. This head comes from a store in Denmark around 1920. The store belonged to the (great) grandparents of my grandmother.