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November 23, 2009


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I know it's been many years since this post was put up but I just wanted to thank you so much for the information and pictures you provided.


I'm sorry I forgot to ask in my original post, what kind of medical ribbing did you use that can stretch wide enough to fit around a torso?

FIDM Museum

Hi Becky,

Glad you enjoyed this post! The information included is pretty timeless and I hope it will be helpful to you. The medical stockinette we use comes in a roll about 2-3 inches wide. There are different brands on the market, all about the same width. It has incredible stretch, so if you pull, the narrow tube can be pulled over a mannequin torso. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Phillip Nakamura

Glad this was resurrected. Need a source for clear male body forms. Lots of pics on interweb but not many sources. What kind of plastic are the body forms made from? Hopefully not styrene. I have had stockinette up to 6" wide. Any info is appreciated. Thanks Phil, Preparator Museum of New Mexico retired.

FIDM Museum

Hi Phil,

The FIDM Museum is located just a few blocks from the LA garment district so we're often able to purchase mannequins locally. We tend to display more women's clothing than men's, so we don't have one source we use for male forms. If you'd like, send me an email and I can offer some sources, though I'm not sure if they ship: rharris@fidmmuseum.org.

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