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Unlike some other display uses, museums
often prefer to draw attention to the item on display more than to the
display itself. To suit these needs, mannequin manufacturers have created
several styles of manikin that do not detract from what they wear.
Topping the list is the headless
mannequin, which is realistic in muscular detail (though often muted in
color) but is not really "seen." Featureless and abstract mannequins also
work well in these situations, as people do look at them, but seldom are
drawn to really study them.
Custom mannequins are often created for
displays requiring certain body types or historical or ethnic figures. In
some cases, more detail is more important than less, as the manikin becomes
an integral part of the display, becoming a character and not just a form to
hold up an outfit.
For vintage costumes, uniforms and
clothing, smaller mannequins are needed... people are much taller than they
used to be. Petite and shorter models are available, although much harder to