About Us

Model Michal McCrain
Clay sculpture
Completed "Michal" mannequin
Same body, different head

How Our Mannequins Are Made

Vaudeville Mannequins features Decter products. Decter was founded in 1924, and is one of the most established mannequin and display companies in America. A Decter mannequin usually starts as a designer's conceptual sketch, and quickly moves to a photo shoot with real models. Shown above is Michal, the model for many of the poses in the "Arriveste" collection.

Models are photographed from all angles for each particular pose, and those photos become the starting point for the sculptor. Working in clay with a metal armature underneath, the sculptor concentrates on the body-hands are usually added later. Because heads are made to be interchangeable from one pose to another, the head is sculpted separately.

Once the clay sculpture is complete, it is carefully cut into sections-torso, legs, and arms-and initial molds are made in plaster. Later, production molds will be created from much more durable materials. Using the production molds, the mannequin itself is cast using high quality, hand-laid fiberglass sheets and resins.

After being removed from the molds, the mannequin parts are carefully sanded and the chosen head is attached to the torso. Multiple base and finish coats of paint are applied-much like a fine automobile or speedboat. Faces are painted one at a time by artists. Eyes, lips, and make-up are created with oil paints, using a combination of airbrush and hand brush techniques.

Decter mannequins are designed and produced in California. While styles certainly change, the basic composition of Decter mannequins has not changed appreciably since the 1960's – heavy, high-quality, and substantial mannequins and forms, designed to last.


Most of our products are made to order. Shipping time is approximately 7-8 weeks.

When ordering, you may just send us an email, indicating what styles you'd like, and how you'd prefer to pay. We accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. We do not accept American Express. Please include your phone numbers in correspondence.

If you need a mannequin or form quickly, please let us know. We often have various styles in stock for 2-3 week shipment. Also, please contact us if you don't see what you're looking for. We have many, many other items available, including plus sized mannequins and forms, and retro vintage models including 1920's-1930's styles. We also feature 1940's, 50's and 60's vintage mannequins too.

Shipping cost on most full-sized mannequins is $124 within the continental US. This charge will be added when using our online check-out. We are happy to use your companies’ FedEx or UPS account to ship under. Please contact us for freight charges to HI, AK, and to other countries. We will ship to the U.S. and Canada. Custom paperwork and duties are the responsibility of the purchaser, as are freight claims for items damaged in shipment.

Please be certain of your purchase before ordering. We do not accept returns.

If you have questions, contact us with your phone number – we return calls within hours!