Window Dressing...it's an art?

As you may know, a large portion of my fabulous customers are boutique and shop owners and they use my mannequins to dress their windows, enticing people in to view their wares (and hopefully buy something!).

The silly thing is that I've been in love with vintage mannequins and dressforms for such a long time that I have kind of forgotten why they existed in the first place ie to dress windows. Isn't that ridiculous of me! It wasn't until I acquired two fabulous vintage 1950s window dressing books that it sank home.

These are just a few of the gorgeous images taken from the books. Hope you enjoy them.



The outfits on these mannequins are divine 1950s chic! I can see why people are drawn to design clothes and the fashion industry.


I don't yet own one of these delightful lingerie busts but I have seen plenty on the web. Great to see them in this photo of a lingerie window, again from the 1950s.


and again here, milliners window display.

stockings and swimwear anyone?

I do hope images of todays shop windows are being taken. I'm sure that in 50 years time, they will be just as interesting and evocative of the period.

Window dressing is definitely an under valued art form in my humble opinion.

Have a great weekend, Lucyxx

2 comments

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Lucy,
During the early 1980's I studied for two years at college to become a window dresser. It was one of the best times of my life and I loved every lesson that was included - it was quite broad based and I ended up with a diploma in Display and Design. I remember we had many old mannequins to work with, including one modelled on Twiggy and another on Sandie Shaw. The 80's clothes never seemed to suit them though...I guess because the female shape had already started to change in those 20 years. My favourite girl to use was a seated lady...I once did a display with her sitting on a stack of suitcases...it worked quite well.
I also remember doing a short project on mannequin maker Adel Rootstein, who produced beautiful shop mannequins.
I was very interested to see your photographs of the 50's girls - just lovely.
I've been on the look-out for a nice 30's mannequin head to display with my vintage millinery collection...but they seem to have become like gold dust!

I'm glad that you are busy and business is good...these are scary times...
Niki x

Country Cottage Chic said...

Aren't they wonderful? I love their faces & moulded hair - so ladylike & refined.

Jayne

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