Renaissance was one of the most interesting and sophisticated periods in human evolution, not only culturally, but also fashion-wise. It seems that more and more people are mesmerized by the femininity promoted by vintage or antique items as they want to embrace the light of human creation by surrounding themselves with such complex artistic self expression. From corsets, velvet dresses, symbolic pendants to, home decorations, mirrors, furniture and many others, vintage style’s elegance seems to be one of the most adored nowadays orientations.
With over 50 types of mannequins and over 20 types of dress forms available, you’ll surely find the perfect one for your needs. Of course, if your goal is to display clothing in a store or organize your own clothing collection, there are more solutions available in our clothing displays series. But, for now, let’s start with the best dress forms available online:
The Best Vintage Dress Forms You Can Buy
Our Favorite Vintage Dress Form
#1. ZDF-1401 – Emma – Creative Feminine Flower Patter with White Pine Wood Stand Vintage Dress Form
Stereotipically, flowers are the straightforward path to expressing femininity since they express creativity as well as vitality, just like this product. The pine wood, adjustable stand is carefully painted in white, in order to enhance the fabric’s pattern. Moreover, the round cap makes hats display a easier task and it even enables jewelry exhibition. The torso body form is made out of styrofoam which makes this area pinnable. This dress form’s curves and margins are enriched with a minimalist, but detailed embroidered ribbon. With such unique characteristics, this product can be used in a variety of display ideas: t-shirts, blouses, dresses and necklaces.
The Creative Choice
#2. ZDF-1402 – Olivia – White Artistic Ballerina Style Vintage Adjustable Dress Form with Tulle Skirt
One of the striking details of this body form is its extensive tulle tutu ballerina skirt. Its upper body has a gentile and minimalist bi-chromatic baroque pattern, which is contrasted by the small silver necklace and the its height can be adjusted up to 57″. It comes with a white, metal-looking stand that could fit not only on the countertop, but also in every corner – if you want to lighten it and make it more artistic. It surely is something that will be appealing to most onlookers.
The Value Choice
#3. ZDF-1403 – Sophia – Elegant Bronze Dress Form with Antique Swirls & Iron Base
This dress form can be used for its practical purpose (displaying clothing items) or it can be presented as a valuable home decoration. Handmade by the most proficient workers, this product’s most attractive plus it’s his form: its iron was beautifully crafted into small bubbles and swirls for an exquisite and antique look. Another unnoticeable detail is the high rounded and swirled stand which could ensure its quality as well as its resistance to depreciation. This would be a sublime idea for those who really are attracted to the general design of their personal environment – its bronze finish with golden highlights could increase the appraisal of every place it encounters.
The Utility Choice
#4. ZDF-1404 – Ava – Chic Chrome Based Based Deep Blue Female Dress Form with Satin Ribbon
With beautiful curves and fine velvet-resembling fabric, this navy blue dress form could be the best choice for every scene. At a reasonable price, it includes a height adjustable base which allows you to display it according to your needs without much effort. It has a pinnable surface and its sturdiness can be assured by its weighted polished chrome base. A simple detail, such as its glossy ribbon, focuses attention to the body form’s waistline, offering an elegant spirit to the area it could be placed.
#5. ZDF-1405 – Mia – Handmade Antique Style Female Iron Dress Form with Wooden Base
During the Renaissance age, the transmission of social status was facilitated by the fashion choices ladies used to make. Aristocratic ladies used to wear hoop skirts under their dresses to put emphasis on the waistline (which was a symbol of fertility and femininity) which resembles this antique body form. Although it might be seen as plain for some shop owners, this body form could actually chance the perceived value of your displayed products – having salient curves (which are made out of iron framework) means that your dresses, skirts or tops will get a more humanoid form thus increasing the chances of a purchase. Such vintage dress form should also be taken into account by people who want to redesign their house / want to elegantly display one of their fanciest piece of clothing and are willing to invest in such sturdy dress form whose stand is made out of walnut stained wood – quality is guaranteed.
The Budget Choice
#6. ZDF-1406 – Harper – Steel Wire Female Silhouette with Stand & Elegant Swirl Tripod Stand
Made out of iron / wire, this dress form can be used for displaying any type of dresses, skirts or blouses, for crafting projects and can be used as a valuable decoration in every type of setting (boutique or home). The main advantage is not only its convenient price, but also its chic and minimalist design. Manufacturing this product required a considerable amount of attention since it is enriched with small swirls crafted at the bottom of the dress.
#7. ZDF-1407 – Layla – Retro Female Dress Form Covered in Leather
This antique body form is covered in bi-chromatic (brown and black) leather and it comes with a matte black wooden base for easy display techniques and not only. Its foam torso in combination with the square pattern makes dressmaking activities a bit easier since it allows you to measure properly. It is a great purchase if you are planning on displaying jewelry (and the contrasting effect will surely be eye-catching), clothing and accessories. Its retro design could blend in perfectly with any setting with a bit of planning. Moreover, the strong vintage characteristics could give a strong vintage by itself – since it can be easily turned into an elegant decoration item.
#8. ZDF-1408 – Leah – Elegant Flower Themed Monochromatic Dress Form with Adjustable Stand
A beautiful, floral themed, vintage-looking dress form covered with black and white embroidery, which will surely give the space you place it in a more premium look. Ideal as a decorative dress form, we recommend this little black one for bedrooms and large closets. Its adjustable stand ensures it is pretty compact, so you’ll have no difficulty if you want to place it countertop or tabletop for display purposes.
#9. ZDF-1409 – Anna – Vintage Cobblestone Female Dress Form with Elegant Swirls & Metal Stand
This elegant white dress form comes with a couple interesting, yet differentiating features: the metal hook for hat display and the tripod itself are decorated with a cobblestone pattern, slightly similar to bronze and it features four Victorian-style legs, as opposed to the classic tripod stand. A study and premium-looking dress form, this is a must-buy as a vintage decorative dress form, since it will surely attract attention and lighten up most areas it is placed in.
#10. ZDF-1410 – Reyna – Antique Style Dress Form with Embroidered Monogram on Sides & Pine Wood Adjustable Stand
This vintage / antique style dress form stands at the upper spectrum of premium dress forms, featuring a beautiful solid wood tripod, a stainless steel tube for extra stability, high-density foam to ensure it lasts longer and a beautiful fabric dressing with black embroidery on the sides. This neat little dress form can be used in 3 ways: as a dressmaker mannequin, as a decorative / vintage dress form or as clothing display for high-end clothing stores.
#11. ZDF-1411 – Alexa – Creative Papier Mache Themed Bi-Chromatic Female Dress Form with Vintage Wooden Stand
Discover your inner-hipster with this papier-mache fabric covered dress form. Featuring a delicate black embroidery on the side and a matte black wooden tripod stand, this dress form might be the pinnacle of vintage-looking dress form designs. Ideal as a bedroom decoration or in a vintage themed store, this dress form will surely not disappoint its target audience. Most likely you’ll get a lot of questions in the line of “Ooooh, where did you buy this?”.
#12. ZDF-1412 – Layla – Simple White Jersey Body Form with Wooden Stand
This upper body dress form is the proof that beauty can stem from simplicity. Tucked in a white jersey, this half body mannequin can be successfully used for displaying even the most pretentious fabrics, such as lace or silk, turning this view into a visual symphony in the eye of the beholder. The gold ribbon from the waist line is a simple, yet effective decorative detail, as well as the vintage looking natural wood stand. This simple body form is perfect for every bedroom, boutique, studio and retail store that misses something feminine and elegant.
#13. ZDF-1413 – Samantha – Cream White Victorian Dress Form with Swirled Iron Stand
An intricate, yet elegant iron wire dress form featuring a beautiful swirled design tripod stand. The color is a beautiful parchment cream (close to ivory some might say), but this dress form is available in bronze / brown as well, if that suits your preferences. The style is arguably vintage, with clear Victorian influences in its design. This model is handcrafted, so expect very small differences when ordering.
#14. ZDF-1414 – Nora – Minimalist White Dress Form with Wooden Cap & Black Detailed Embroidery
A beautiful, minimalist white dress form with a delicate black embroidery on the side, reminiscent of vintage dress forms. We particularly like this dress form due to the contrast and the delicate embroidery which matches the retro wooden tripod stand perfectly. The tripod is adjustable, reaching up to 67″ in height, making it suitable for countertop / tabletop display. Ideal for minimalist settings & store designs, this dress form won’t disappoint you in creating in a great ambiance.
#15. ZDF-1415 – Skylar – Feminine Retro Body Form Covered in Soft Lace with White Detailed Base
It was love at first click when we first saw this intricate pattern covered dress form! Covered in a white floral-themed lace, with a light brown undertone, this dress form is both a great display solution and a great decorative item, with vintage undertones given by its retro wooden tripod stand and the pattern itself. Considering its design, we recommend this both as a decorative dress form and as a solution to displays various accessories such as scarfs, hats and jewelry.
#16. ZDF-1416 – Camila – All White Elegant Simple Dress Form with Adjustable Retro Base
Camila is one of the most elegant dress forms we’ve ever seen, coming in a particularly stunning variation of white and featuring a retro tripod stand made out of solid wood. This variant is made out of styrofoam, so it’s as lightweight as this design could be, with the added note that it has a steel tube to ensure it’s sturdy. As an added benefit, this dress form is pinnable as well. We recommend it for your home mostly, as this white variant can easily become dirty in a commercial setting.
#17. ZDF-1417 – Violet – Black Steel Wire Elegant Dress Form Stand
This decorative black steel wire dress form comes with an intricate, Victorian-style swirling tripod, ensuring its design is coherent and sturdy at the same time. The vintage look makes it a great addition to any bedroom or closet and, as an added benefit, this particular model is suitable for displaying pants as well, since it has a side hole where you can install a pole for your pants. Height varies from 46″ o 64″, depending on how you adjust the stand.
#18. ZDF-1418 – Stella – Elegant Monochromatic Velvet Black Dress Form with Vintage Stand
When it comes to choosing the perfect dress form for your store or bedroom, you should pay close attention to the overall design and color blending. A perfect dress form could change the room’s general impact, like this half body mannequin. What is special about this product is the imperial red velvet-like fabric – in the right setting, this body form could be a well deserved splash of color. This one can fit in every background, either if it is a modern themed store or even a vintage frame (the stand has gothic features and the color seems to be ripped from a Symbolic poem). In the making of this product, top-grade materials were used, including the foam (another plus: it is lightweight, for easy display and movement). It is both perfect for clothing display or jewelry display.
#19. ZDF-1419 – Sadie – Swirl Stand Vintage Mannequin Torso Covered with Deep Red Velvet
Attract attention with this premium design, featuring a black, adjustable, classic tripod stand and a dress form body covered with a luxurious deep red brushed fabric coating, which is soft to the touch. Inside, you’ll discover a foam-based material, which makes this dress form quite lightweight and pleasant to touch, while also ensuring it won’t easily degrade if dropped. Ideal for displaying clothes in a premium clothing store or as a bedroom mannequin, if your bedroom’s design matches this style.
#20. ZDF-1420 – Aria – Elegant Black Metal Dressmaker Form Base with Elegant Swirl Cap Holder & Tripod Stand
If you have a vintage, retro or a classic retail shop, a black steel mannequin like this one might be what you’re searching for. It has an artistic decorative stand, made of the same durable material as the entire body form. This design, combined with your product’s feminine materials (lace, velvet etc) will most likely catch the client’s eye.
If you still haven’t found the dress form you were hoping for, you might find it in our Best Dress Forms series, in our Best Clothing Display series or in our clothing fixtures store. Also, don’t forget to check out the Clothing Display Ideas section in our retail design blog for more on ideas on how to mix and match various display solutions to make the most out of your visual merchandising plan.