our history

Proportion London descends from Siegel and Stockman. Founded in France in 1867 by Frederick Stockman, he began trading in Great Britain in the early 1920s, manufacturing hand-crafted Papier-mâché bust forms and torsos for workrooms, couture house design studios and dressmakers' showrooms.

During the early part of the 20th century, department stores became big retail business introducing the need for bust forms and display figures for their "professional window-trimming teams". This led to a huge increase in business and diversification into more display fixtures and fittings.

Come the 1950s and 60s, figures began to be produced in fibre glass, which was considered much more robust and gave a greater definition to the anatomic details of the mannequins. The company embraced this new production technique and has continued to manufacture in these two materials.

Changing the brand name in the 1990s, Proportion London continues to practice the original artesian techniques and craftsmanship, using their library of original shape moulds and early archive material.

Today, we nurture an international portfolio that spans respected high street and high-end brands to world-class museums.


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