The History of Dress Form
PDM (Professional Draping Model) in the world
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.
The first fashion mannequins were made in France in the mid-19th 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.
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.
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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)
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.
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PGM Dress Forms' Past, Present & Future since 1983
PGM incorporates in Los Angeles downtown, we established our very first sewing institution and start manufacturing our very first Professional PGM Dress Form.
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.
PGM added Children Dress Forms to our existing product line of Missy dress form.
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.
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.
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.
PGM donated CAD system as well as the ancillary equipment: plottors, digitizers to ShanghaiDongHuaUniversity.
PGM set up the first PGM CAD system training center in ShanghaiDongHuaUniversity for edcuation purposes.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
PGM purchases a 60,000 square feet distribution facility in Baldwin Park, CA, our current location has a huge showroom open to the public.
PGM will be introducing ECO Paper Mache Dress Form, ECO Paper-Mache Mannequin and ECO Paper-Mache Hangers in November, 2012. These products are environmental friendly and made of 100% Paper-Mache!
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 Sponsorship, PGM 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!