Cassidy Zachary

Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian specializing in the social and cultural significance of dress throughout history and today. She is the co-host/creator of the iHeartRadio podcast Dressed: The History of Fashion and the co-author of the book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir (2015). She holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BA in Theatre Design from the University of New Mexico.

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Oldest mannequin/dress form

The oldest surviving mannequin, or dress form, is a life-size torso and head discovered in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (c. 1341–23 BCE). The figure was stored near a chest of clothing, and is thought to have been used to display or fit clothes for the young pharaoh. There are dowel holes in the shoulders that suggest the mannequin originally had arms.