Monday, November 12, 2007
Last night I stumbled upon an organizing product that was new to me: the jewelry mannequin (or jewellery mannequin, if you are in the U.K. or Australia).
Let's start with some from the U.K. The one above is the first one I saw, and it's still one of my favorites.
I found a store in Newbury, Berkshire selling almost ninety different mannequins, including this one - the dress Audrey Hepburn wore in My Fair Lady. They ship worldwide, too. Update on July 29, 2014: Sadly, the store that sold this seems to have disappeared from the internet.
While many feature elegant dresses, some take a very different approach. Update on Feb. 12, 2010: Unfortunately, I can no longer find a source for this one.
You can buy a jewelry mannequin from Cancer Research UK and support (what I assume is) a good cause. Update on Oct. 18, 2011: This product is no longer available through Cancer Research UK.
Coming back over the ocean, I did find some j ewelry mannequins in elegant gowns available in the USA. Update September 12, 2008: This is a new picture and a new link; the company I originally linked to no longer has jewelry mannequins for sale. I like this one better, anyway! Update October 18, 2011: I'm no longer finding this one for sale.
And then there's a place selling many mannequins with the denim look.
But there was also this dress frame version.
And there's this set of three - a very different style. Update on Feb. 12, 2010: I'm no longer finding these on the web.
Here's a wrought iron dress form. Update Sept. 12, 2008: This replaces a prior listing of a wire dress form, sold by a company that no longer has a web site.
And finally, here's a wire dress with jewelry on it, so you can see how this style can be used. Unfortunately, this product is sold out. Update September 12, 2008: This replaces a previous illustration from eBay; the link to the item no longer worked.
[Thanks to Vogue Australia Forums, where I first heard of jewelry mannequins.]