Beware the mannequin retailer who offers used "vintage" mannequins that are in perfect (or near-perfect) condition. Expect a vintage manikin to have crazed paint, chips, discolorations and minor surface scratches. Makeup styles were also different, with eyebrows often high, thin and arching, noses slightly upturned and well-defined lips. True vintage models not only were shaped differently - less detailed, more petite - but also were of different materials. Look for plaster, paper mache or combinations including wood.
Reproductions, though, can be a great way to achieve a retro look without the expense of actual antique mannequins. Busts are the most common reproductions, but you may also find full body mannequins.
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