Pimp my Mannequin

by Morplan | 24th February, 2015

Add a little extra wow-factor to you windows this winter – all you need is imagination or inspiration (from a magazine or TV show) and a trip to your nearest craft shop.

After spotting some interesting windows in London’s West End, our stylists decided to try recreating what they’d seen – and couldn’t believe how simple it was. Some of the bigmannequin manufacturers are developing some hi-tec versions but we’ve come up with some DIY suggestions. A fraction of the cost and you can change it as often as you want.

Turns out that you can make your gloss faceless shop dummy look completely unique using stickers, fake tattoos, buttons, false eyelashes, craft foam, blu tack, double-sided tape and, for the really intrepid, liquid eyeliner!

Before you start it is essential that you test whatever you intend to use on an inconspicuous part of the mannequin. Everything we tried came off easily except the tattoo which required a squirt of detergent. We worked with a gloss mannequin – a matt mannequin would be more likely to be permanently marked.

Self-adhesive stickers are the simplest and quickest to use and are available in an enormous range of designs and finishes. Use them purely as decoration or to hint at hair. You could also try buttons, beads, bottle tops – anything flatish – and stick them on with blu tack or double-sided tape.

If you’re displaying clothing that leaves a little skin exposed, accentuate the style with a strategically placed sticker or tattoo. Fake tattoos go on exactly as they go on skin – put into place, cover with a wet cloth and, once the backing paper is soaked, carefully peel it off.

False eyelashes are huge right now – both in terms of popularity and in size. Invest in some real ones – the bigger the better – or create your own with black card, or craft foam. You can also add lips and even hair using simple cut-out shapes stuck on with blu tack or double-sided tape. If you’re really brave, and have a steady hand, you can use drywipe markers or liquid eyeliner to paint on dramatic features.

And finally, don’t rule out using wigs on a female faceless mannequin. They’re versatile, can be used as they come or you can cut and re-style them to suit the look you want to create.

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