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partnerFor years, I never really quite caught on to the comments about Paddye Mann’s naked ladies…….. And then I moved into the building across the back garden from my studio and shop!!! There they are, all lined up and ready for me to begin the next day’s work.

I’ve been using these dress forms for over 30 years and they’ve never let me down. I pad them and mould their shapes to match my client’s measurements. I drape fabric on them to get a feel for an evening dress or the balance for a suit. And, sometimes, I just sit and stare at them trying to figure out what form a design will take. Only then do I commit the design to paper.

Mannequins are my silent partners.


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