The Stockman’s dressmaker’s form was created in 1867 by Frédéric Stockman, a young sculptor and disciple of Lavigne who invented the tailor’s dummies made from papier mâché. Stockman decided to open his own company, a very small one at first, with the idea of providing dressmakers with forms indifferent standardized sizes. The company grew up step by step and settled 150 rue Legendre in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
Since the beginning, the Stockman’s dressmaker’s form has been handcrafted from papier mâché. This recycled paper is applied on a mold. After cutting off the mold, the bust is stapled back together and sanded. Then the bust is padded and covered in fabric. At the end, the bust is imprinted with the Stockman logo and the size and shape references.
In 1900, Stockman was selling almost 30,000 busts a year. Few years before he met Mr Siegel, whose specialty was mannequins and metal accessories hangers. So the company became ‘Siegel & Stockman’ and settled in a big factory in Saint-Ouen, near Paris. The Siegel brand had became really famous during the Art Deco decades. The 20’s and the 30’s had been prosperous years for the company and Siegel provided the majority of the stores of Paris. At the same time, Stockman provided dawning Couture houses with dressmaker’s forms such as Christian Dior and the famous ‘New Look’ dummy in 1947.
Then the company settled in Gennevilliers, near Paris. The showroom settled 163 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement, one of the most prestigious district of the French capital.
Siegel & Stockman has been making tailor’s dummies, window bustforms, mannequins and accessories hangers since 1867.
Stockman’s mannequins are famous worldwide thanks to the accumulation of knowledge and skill passed from generation to generation. These mannequins are used by the finest Haute-Couture and fashion industry companies. Handcrafted in the workshop near Paris, Stockman’s bustforms have the elegance and the refinement of the French Savoir Faire.
Specializing in tailor’s dummies, Stockman has been reflecting women, men and children’s body shapes for 150 years. Stockman mannequins are made from papier-mâché which gives them longevity, resistance and charm. A Stockman bust is an heritage. Moreover Siegel & Stockman got the ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’ French label in 2012.
The most important part of the Stockman’s activity is the production of display busts, mannequins and accessory stands for stores to show off clothes and fashion accessories. Most famous international luxury brands and department stores and most influential concept stores choose Stockman’s products.
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