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PGM is the only dress form manufacture who can provide on site service for custom made model design and take measurement from your fashion models or your personal.

PGM Custom Made Missy Half Body Dress Form, Ladies Full Body Dress Form, Plus Size Women Dress Form, Male Dress Form, Young Men Dress Form, Children Dress Form, and any special size dress forms for you or your fashion line.

If you want to custom made your dress form, please ask your friend to take your body measurement first, you may reference How to measurem PGM Dress Form. You also can come to PGM office to have PGM model designer help you take  your measurement, or ask on site service. Any further custom made and measurement info, please call 1-888-818-1881. 

PGM Dress Form Worldwide Education Sponsorship Program 2015, PGM Dress Form Fashion Student Show Sponsorship Program 2015 and PGM Dress Form Apparel Design Students Support Program 2015 start accepting application now. If you're interested in joining the program, contact 1-888-818-1991.

The History of Dress Form
&
PDM (Professional Draping Model) in the world

                                      Dress Form History           Vintage Wire Dress Form History
                                      Queen Victoria in her mourning attire (c.1870s)

As far back as ancient Egypt and right through Medieval times, Kings and Queens were concerned about their appearance. Being the subject of many a painting, they of course wanted to look their best. However, a dress fitting would involve them stripping down to their underwear, or further. In order to avoid embarrassment they would have ‘dress forms ‘ made in their exact body dimensions. Tailors and dressmakers would then use these dress forms to create clothing for royalty and display it them easily once complete. This crude dress form was designed to avoid fitting embarrassments to the kings and queens.

In the 1700s wickerwork mannequins were in use. They were built out of wicker and filled with leather and stuffing to give them shape. The first wickerwork mannequins appeared in the mid-to late-eighteenth century and were made to order. In 1835 wire-framed mannequins came into use, a Parisian ironmonger introduced a wirework model, and it was in France in the mid-nineteenth century that the first fashion mannequins were developed, but they were still only used by tailors and dressmakers as dress forms. It wasn’t until a few years later, when several major changes in technology and manufacturing occurred, that we began to see the emergence of the mannequin as we know it today. 

Historical Mannequin  Historical Mannequins  Vintage Mannequins
The first fashion mannequins were made in France in the mid-19th century

 Tailoring in 18th century
                                             Tailoring, Measuring, fitting on real human body

After mid-19 century, the first adjustable dress form was made in USA (New York, Chicago) for tailors and designers to practice their design, tailoring and fitting.

Adjustable Dress Form History Vintage Adjustable Dress Form Antique Adjustable Dress Form

In 20 century, the first 3D Professional Draping Model (PDM) with collapsible shoulder (Dress Form) was made in USA (New York). This PDM Dress Form becomes an essential tools since then, to help a designer create clothes that look good on and off the body. It can also help the designer get an idea of how to cut the fabric according to a certain shape without always having to rely on a live model. This is especially helpful when you are creating a piece for yourself. When developing the vision of the clothing, the designer can figure out where to make improvements according to how the clothing fits on the Dress Form.

A professional draping model (PDM) can have a variety of different attributes including having shoulders that are wider or narrower. In addition, it may have shoulders that are collapsible. Instead of some mannequins having a buttocks that is a solid rounded form, some may have a buttocks more true to the form of a female to give the designer a more realistic view of how the dress will fit around a woman’s natural curves.

PDM (Professional Draping Model, or called "Dress Form") is the standard tool for fashion designers in the world.  It  must be very similar or fully same as the human real natural body shape. Each part of measurement of this Dress Form should meet the most human real natural body measurements, in a word, this is a movable real human body shaped model, it helps the fashion designers to easily create their different fashion style design with draping muslin fabric and practice fitting on it in anywhere. This movable real human body shaped model also helps fashion educators to teach or training fashion students how to draping design in class.

PDM (Professional Draping Model) and PGM Natural Body Dress Form

In the year 1999, PGM revolutionized the traditional dress form (with flat hip), launching the very first dress form which is with a realistic hip and buttock shape.  Up to now, it has been 15 years, more than more fashion educators recognize that the realistic buttock hip shaped dress form much help students to design the party dress, evening gown, bridal gown ......., especially fitting tight clothing design.  

 PGM Dress Forms Natural Body Shaped with realistic buttock                Dress Form Fitting


Draping on Real Human Model or on Natural Body Dress Form

Advantage of draping is that the designer can see the overall design effect of the finished garment on the body form before the garment piece is cut and sewn. Draping can be made on a real Human model or on a natural body dress form.

      Musling Draping on real human model  Muslin Draping on PGM Natural Body Dress Form
      Draping on real human model            Draping on PGM Natural Body Dress Form

Historical Tailoring and Sewing Tools
Historical Tailoring, Sewing Tools Historical Sewing Machine

The year 1980, Apparel CAD (Computer Added Design) get into fashion industry market. This Apparel CAD consist of the module of Pattern Design, Grading, Auto Grading, Marker Making and Auto Marker...... there are several brand CAD: Gerber system (USA), Lectra system (France), Tuka CAD system (USA/India), Optitex system (USA/Israel), PAD system (Canada/HongKong), PGM DoCAD system (China/Taiwan).......
Apparel CAD system

In 21 century, 3D module of apparel CAD system started in market, updated from 2D to 3D, which allow fashion designers to design in 3D that try to simulate cloth, but, cloth simulation is never good enough to inspire faith in how the design will look, so, some designers took the opposite approach of not trying to simulate cloth digitally at all. All 3D systems are still under developing and updating.
Apparel CAD 3D module

22 century, think about, Robot designer is coming :-) :-) ...... , but, the Professional Draping Model (PDM), called Dress Form still the non-replaced essential tools for fashion designer to process their design idea and apparel draping.
PGM Robot Apparel Designers in 22 century, Fashion Designer

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PGM specialized in manufacturing DRESS FORMS in California since 1983.  We are one of the leading DRESS FORM  manufacturer in the United States.  PGM has pursuit nothing but excellence in our products, we spent countless years before we launched in 1983, we researched and studied the craft of constructing dress form from scratch.  Our passion and our quest for the perfect size & shape of a professional form makes us the leader in today's fashion industry. 

PGM's Mission to pursuit of perfection in our Dress Forms, so we can continue to service both fashion institutions and designers around the globe in the years to come!

PGM Headquater located in:
5041 Heintz St,
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(On I-605 - In between I-10 & I-210)
(East of Live Oak exsit)

PGM Dress Form Warehouse

With most large warehouse in L.A. California U.S.A., all PGM Dress Form system are quality controled, assembled, packaged and shipping from here. The large warehouse enable PGM have full size range dress form and pattern making tools in stock to support and accommondate all dealers & customer's request. 

PGM Office Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
PGM Office Los Angeles California


PGM Show Room Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

PGM Show Room Los Angeles California
PGM Show Room Los Angeles California
PGM Show Room Los Angeles California

PGM Dress Forms' Past, Present & Future since 1983

1983
PGM incorporates in Los Angeles downtown, we established our very first sewing institution and start manufacturing our very first Professional PGM Dress Form.

1987 
After 4 years of successful operation, PGM started the second sewing institution in downtown Los Angeles, serving local students & designers.  Our Fashion courses expand from basic sewing to more advanced pattern-making & draping.  PGM also trains, educates, and guarantees job placement for our graduates. 

1988
PGM added Children Dress Forms to our existing product line of Missy dress form.

1990
PGM's grand opening of the third fashion college in Rosemead, CA  - - PGM International Fashion College USA , we continue our quest to teach fundamental's of pattern-making & draping to the public, especially updated courses to CAD system studying & training - - an integrated fashion software including pattern design, grading, marker layout.

1993
PGM startes Thanksgiving Action of Giving Back to Society  - -  Worldwide Education Sponsorship Program to the fashion colleges/institutes/universities internationally.

PGM philosophy of Worldwide Education Sponsorship Program is to not only dedicate to local education within the United States, but also to other countrie educations internationally, especially to those developing countries as well as non-developed countries, who are eagering for a help on education.

1994
Recommended by the Education Office of Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles, PGM first cooperated with ChinaTextileUniversity (As of today, its name changed to Shanghai Dong Hua University) regarding education sponsorship program.

PGM opens its first international CAD branch office in Shanghai Dong Hua University, China.

Dec. 1994
PGM donated CAD system as well as the ancillary equipment: plottors, digitizers to ShanghaiDongHuaUniversity.

1995
PGM set up the first PGM CAD system training center in ShanghaiDongHuaUniversity for edcuation purposes.

Jan. 1996
PGM opens its branch company - - Shanghai PGM in Shanghai, China. Our company becomes the premier CAD distributor for the top 5 world class CAD systems with IOLINE plotters USA and Numonics Digitizer USA.  Our system served around the globe, primarily in United States and Asian countries.

1996
PGM donated CAD system as well as the ancillary equipment: plottors, digitizers to Beijing Fashion Universities.

PGM opens its second international CAD branch office and set up the second CAD system training center in BeijingFashionUniversity.

1997
PGM donated to Dalian Polytechic University, TianJin Textile University, TianJin Academy of Fine Arts, XiaMen Lu Jiang University, Guang Dong Zhong Shan University.

PGM opens its branch offices in GuangZhou, XiaMen, China.  Our system has proven to be success in fashion industry

2000
PGM revolutionizes the world of traditional dress forms, launching our very first dressmaker tailor form with a “realistic” hip and buttock shape.  We are the pioneer in this design and this became an instant fame & a global dress form standard in the industry! 

2003
PGM launched Industry Pro & Professional model for full range sizes of Missy, Junior, Men, Young Men, Large Women, Children, Girls, Boys, and toddlers as well as for students practice miniature dress form.

2005 
Along with our complete selections of dress forms, PGM also launched Display Dress Form, as well as Garment Rack & Store Fixtures!  Our unique, one of the kind merchandises become a popular fixture in many boutique stores!

2006 
PGM moves our Los Angeles corporate office to a newly renovated 20,000 square feet facility on 4th street and Alameda in downtown, Los Angeles.  This is also the year we started manufacturing Paper Mache Hangers, the first paper-made hanger in the world.

2010
PGM purchases a 60,000 square feet distribution facility in Baldwin Park, CA, our current location has a huge showroom open to the public.

2012
PGM will be introducing ECO Paper Mache Dress FormECO Paper-Mache Mannequin and ECO Paper-Mache Hangers in November, 2012.  These products are environmental friendly and made of 100% Paper-Mache!

2013
PGM Dress Forms assembling in USA warehouse,  update quality control in USA. 

2014
PGM newly designed Antique Dress Form get into market.

2015
PGM newly designed Color Dres s Form & Crazy Color Dress Form, service to special request customers.

Since 1995, we have operated successfully on 2 continents.  We are where we are today because of our rich history of fashion education in garments, construction and design, and demonstrated expertise in the field.

PGM Dress Forms has become the leading manufacturer of not only dressmaker tailor forms but also pattern-making tools and supplies

For almost 3 decades, we have dedicated ourselves to evolve with the industry as well as the needs of our clients. Our dedication to learn and master the fashion garment industry is the driving force behind our continued success in producing high quality products and services while staying innovative and reliable. We are forever grateful for our never-ending list of clientele and dealers who keep us motivated to do our best every day.

PGM commitment does not end here, PGM also offer plenty of opportunity to give back to the society.  PGM Worldwide Educational Sponsorship Program, which include PGM Dress Form Education SponsorshipPGM Dress Form Fashion Show Sponsorship and PGM Dress Form Outstanding Young Designer Award.  PGM believes in giving back, as we donate to hundreds of universities around the world on a yearly basis and we will continue to do so in the future!

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