Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress form vs. Model

I have long debated displaying the clothing I sell on a model versus a dress form and have come to various conclusions over the years.  The dress form gives the item a clean look and is less distracting to the shopper.  A model, however, gives the piece a little life and shows the customer what it will look like on a real body.  The concern here is that the model may not be the same size or shape as the shopper and it may be clipped on them in a way that may inaccurately represent fit.  From a logistical stand point, there is a lot more work involved in using a live model and therefore the time involved and cost will go up.  I have used friends to model things in the past, but now that I am getting a little more comfortable in front of the camera, I thought I would give it a try.  Here are a few photos that I have added to listings.  What do you think, model? dress form? or both?


10 comments:

Kristen Borland said...

I always appreciate both. I want to see the dress by itself, and then I want to see it on a real person because I think it does look a bit different.

Lara said...

Model for sure. Everything looks more wearable and beautiful, especially when it's on a beautiful person. =)

Dirty Betty Vintage said...

I have the same dilemma. I love using models, because I like to be able to accessorize the item, but it's so costly.....and time consuming. I'd say though if you can do the modeling yourself (and you can because you're super cute!)then definitely do it!!

alexkeller said...

i've been thinking about trying a model, too. but logistically, it's tough. and i haven't figured out how to photograph myself! and then i look at big name sites like anthro and a lot of their jewelry isn't on models on the website...
but you look great, so i'd use you as the model!

CarleeKajsa said...

i appreciate both...if you can do it...which you can! like the first dress with the cool sleeves - those may have been lost on a model...maybe keeping everything on the form for your gallery page and offering some looks on a model in the additional photos?

Carys said...

You look fantastic as a model! Such nice pictures and clothes!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Sarah Dee said...

Definitely both, its the best of both worlds! & maybe have the main pic be a side by side of the model & dress form

<3 Sarah

PuppyLovePrincess said...

Both! But I think having model really helps determine how things fall, drape, cut in, etc. When you can't try something on, that's superhelpful!

Pretty Little World said...

I debate this constantly. When I'm just looking for fashion ideas, model is definitely how I like to see clothes.

But when I'm shopping, I prefer a dress form because it allows me to imagine how the item would look on me - when I see it on a model, I'm always wondering if it will look good on me in the same way that it does on the model.

pothys said...

Beautiful Collection !!! by Revathi

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