our history

proportion>london originally descended from the Siegel and Stockman business, which was founded in France in 1867 by Frederick Stockman and began trading in Great Britain in the early 1920's. Early in its history, the company was manufacturing hand-crafted papier-mache bust forms and torsos for use by workrooms, couture house design studios and dressmakers' showrooms.

During the early part of the 20th century, department stores became big retail business and with them, the much increased used of bust forms and display figures for their newly created "professional window-trimming teams" to use in the sumptuously grand store presentations. This led to a huge increase in business and diversification into more display fixtures and fittings.

Later, during the 1950's and 60's, figures began to be produced in fibre glass, which was considered to be much more robust and give greater definition to the anatomic details of the mannequins. The company embraced this new production technique and has continued to manufacture these two materials at its extensive London factory.

Changing brand name in the 1990's, proportion>london has continued to build and innovate, often linking with key industry designers and illustrators to create iconic collections.

Today, proportion>london still have access to their library of original shape moulds and extensive collection of early archive material. The production of the traditional dressmakers figures continues apace, alongside the display fixtures and museum costume forms, for which we are also known.

proportion>london is both proud of its heritage and optimistic about its future, which we believe is seated in a deep passion for visual presentation and an ability to continually respond to the problems of modern day visual merchandisers with style and confidence.