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Alvanon Dress Form and Body Positivity

Alvanon Dress Form and Body Positivity

part of the Developing a Fashion Line series.

Dress forms have been hand crafted for centuries and date back to the time of Egyptian pyramids. A wooden dress form was actually found in the tomb of King Tut and thought to display his clothing. You can read more in my journal "Toile and Stockman", about the custom dress forms created for clients at Yves Saint Laurent. 

Fit has always been an issue in the industry mainly due to the fact that very few women are the exact same shape. I purchased my first dress form in college and it was originally made in the 50's or 60's. It reminds me of the quintessential "Barbie" body with a 36" bust line and size 2 hip. Pictures from that decade would show that was actually the ideal body and I'm sure the dress form represented that era.  Body acceptance and positivity have made a "real" body the norm, not the exception and thankfully one company is leading the industry in both fit and realism.

 

 

Alvanon is the industry leader in anatomically developed dress forms. Developed in 2001, they use a device called AlvaScan to create their forms based off full body laser scans to capture the most accurate measurement data. It is then transferred to a computer and used to create a 3-D virtual body, which is the basis of their sizing. The empirical data is compiled from thousands of body shape scans.

 

 

 

They also create mannequins based on regions of the world, since the western body distributes weight differently from women in Asia. Dress forms can be purchased as general "standards" or custom forms can be purchased based on a companies own customer measurements. In 2012 Alvanon introduced Global Plus forms for sizes 16 - 24.  You will still see differences in sizing among brands as companies cater to their own demographics. A size 8 at Target may not fit like a size 8 at Ann Taylor, but with most companies in the industry using Alvanon, clothing now has a higher standard for fit and becoming more inclusive.  



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SIZE + CARE GUIDE
BUST (measure at fullest part)
WAIST  (measure at or below belly button)
HIP  (measure fullest part of low hip)

 

MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES

XXS |  size  0   

B
W
H
32 1/2
25
35 - 35 1/2

 

XS  |  size 2/4

B
W
H
33 - 34 1/2
26 - 27
36 - 37 1/2

 

 S   |   size 6/8

B
W
H
35 1/2 - 36 1/2
28 - 29
38 1/2 - 39 1/2

 

 M   |   size 10/12

B
W
H
37 1/2 - 39
30 - 31 1/2
40 1/2 - 42

 

L   |   14/16

B
W
H
40 1/2 - 42 1/2
33 - 35
43 1/2 - 45 1/2

 

 ALPHA SIZES (XXS - L) ARE CLOSER TO THE LARGER SIZE. 
EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A SIZE 4 OR 6. 
If you typically wear a solid size 6, never buy petites, and do not like your clothes form fitting, PURCHASE TRUE TO SIZE. 
If you typically wear a size 6, also buy petite, occasionally buy a size 4, and/or prefer your clothes a closer fit, PURCHASE A SIZE DOWN. 

 WHEN SIZING DOWN, YOU WILL NOTICE IT ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NECK OPENING, ARMHOLE OPENING, AND GENERALLY THROUGH THE BUST, WAIST, AND HIP. 

 


PLEASE READ OUR CARE GUIDE PRIOR TO ORDERING, TO ENSURE YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR SIZE AND WASH PREFERENCES. 


We understand that quality starts with exceptional fabric.  Which is why we only work with a small number of mills across the world that pass our in-house test standards and are committed to the highest quality.  We also support mills that strive for the lowest environmental impact, including Edelweiss products from Lenzing that have a zero carbon footprint. 

Our commitment to a lower impact includes washing all ADALÉI garments in COLD water only and never using the dryer, which uses a large amount of unnecessary energy. 

For our fabrics that can be washed, we suggest the following:

For our fabrics that require dry cleaning we suggest choosing a cleaner committed to not using PERC.  In 2012, the EPA classified PERC as a "likely human carcinogen". 

Several of our garments are labeled dry clean only due to the content being a specialty fiber.  Most silk, wool, and other fabrics CAN safely be washed at home, however, you might experience a change in the surface of the fabric or slight shrinkage.  

We understand some customers never dry clean anything. Do you want to pre-test a "dry clean only" garment prior to hand washing? 

We are happy to provide a cutting room floor swatch so you can do your own testing at home prior to washing your garment.  You can let us know you want a swatch in one of two ways. When purchasing, type "wash swatch" in your notes at checkout . We are happy to recycle these scraps so that you can feel confident about whether washing or dry cleaning is best for your ADALÉI garment. 

We use two types of silk in our Ethereal Silk collection.  The silk charmeuse (Gigi) is already pre washed by the mill and able to be washed by hand at home.  However, our crepe de chine (Caroline and Coco) is a standard silk and we cut the design slightly oversized to allow for some shrinkage.  We do NOT PREWASH our crepe de chine silk, for our customers who always dry clean. In our cold water wash testing, we noticed around 1/2" to 1" shrinkage in both the width and length.  Our model Eliza is wearing the Caroline (beige) in S and the Coco (black) in XS to show you the PRE-WASH comparison in sizing.  We also noticed a slight change in the "hand" of the silk, meaning it was not quite at silky.  Never put silk in the dryer.  Please consider these factors when ordering your size. 

Still have a question or just want to double check with us? Email info@adalei.com.