1 Mannequin arms, hands and legs are moveable
2 Mannequin parts are interchangeable
3 Mannequins are easy to dress
4 Mannequins are just for clothing stores
Urban Myth #1 – Mannequin parts are not moveable
Since most mannequins are made of fiberglass or a similiar material, they are not going to be bendable or posable into other positions. Think life-sized Barbie Doll, but with even less flexibility. With a Barbie Doll you can move the legs back and forth to pretend as if Barbie was walking. But on those few mannequins where the legs do move back and forth, they will not stay upright on the stand if you try to put them in a different position than the one intended by the manufacturer.
Sometimes the arms of a mannequin will move up and down so you could have both arms reaching overhead or with one arm in front of the mannequin and one arm in back of the mannequins. But this only works if a mannequin is made with their arms straight down. However if you bought a mannequin with her hands on her hip, there won’t be much, if any mobility.
There are some exceptions to this rule and that is with mannequins that are made out of cloth or foam rubber. This style of mannequin is used quite frequently at children’s clothing stores like The Baby Gap and Gymboree. Typcially they are headless and those with heads do not have realistic features.
There are also speciality mannequins made of fiberglass that have articulated arms which bend. These are popular with trade-show exhibitors who want to have the mananequin hold something (fire hose for example) or appear as if he fixing or building something.
In addition to two these styles of posable mannequins, we carry a hybrid mannequin – it has a cloth body and a realistic face. (see below) It was originally manufacturered as a headless cloth mannequin and a realistic face was attached to it – that is why it has such an elongated neck. But for a customer who wanted to hang the mannequin on a flying trapeze, this was perfect. Available in both a male and female version. I will elaborate on the other Urban Myth’s about mannequins in future posts.