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museum introduction

At Proportion London, we understand the importance of delivering a premium service to the entire display sector, whether it be retail, exhibition or museum presentation.

With this in mind, we joined forces with our former sister company; Gems Studio (a specialist in museum mannequins, wax figures, costume figures and general display experts) to develop a full range of museum display equipment, ideal for period costumes.

Amalgamating both Proportion London and Gems Studio gave us the skills required to produce figures following the most challenging of briefs. We are now able to provide expert knowledge on materials and size considerations for costume display as well as creating innovative and bespoke product.

We are honoured to have a history that dates back to the 1800’s (a rare credential for most visual merchandising suppliers in this day and age). Gems Studio was founded in London in 1885 by Julius Gems, to work on sculpting commissions for private client museums. It was the leading maker of dressmakers' forms of its day, supplying many of the crown heads of Europe. Gems pioneered the world’s first costume display figures using wax, glass eyes and real inserted hair to produce realistic figures.

Gems created ‘The French Bust Company’ in 1912, to specialise in supplying complete display figures of male, female and children and manufactured accessories and display units for the retail industry.

To keep up with the times, Gems worked with other materials – papier-mache, cane and plaster, supplying an extensive range of display and museum presentation product through the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s when they began to work with fibreglass, but never forgot their history of working in wax production which we continue to this day.

Working with costumes curators and conservators from around the world, this unique business goes from strength to strength and is now at the forefront of a specialist sector in costume and museum mannequins. Gems Studio is our legacy, but Proportion London is our future.

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