Dress forms are incredibly important in fashion design. They are the forms a designer, tailor, or seamstress use to drape new patterns or fit garments properly on a body. They are a stand in to a real live model, one you can stick pins in and that never fidget.
As a fashion historian, I use dress forms often to exhibit garments or explain to students how historical clothing fits on the body.
So I was excited to find this video from the Science Channel on the making of dress forms. Each are still hand made of cardboard, paste, and muslin. I had no idea how they created the forms’ collapsible shoulders. Take a look!