KCI Museum MannequinKCI Museum Mannequin

KCI Museum Mannequin

© The Kyoto Costume Institute

One characteristic of Western fashion is designs that change with each era. Mannequins are the most effective way to display these changes, but to properly accentuate stylistic differences, it is essential to use mannequins with body types that represent a given period
The KCI dealt with this issue early on by enlisting the cooperation of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and developing mannequins with technical support from the Nanasai Corporation, a specialty mannequin maker.
The mannequins’ are distinguished by different body types corresponding to four eras dating from the 18th to the early 20th century. They are also fitted with special joints, enabling them to be moved in a manner that is similar to the human body. In addition, we have developed a male mannequin designed for 18th-century clothing.
Our mannequins are now used at museums and school throughout the world, including La Galleria del Costume in Palazzo Pitti (Florence, Italy), and institutions in the US, UK, France, Australia, Austria, and Germany.

Note: While the KCI oversees production of the mannequins, sales of the mannequins are handled by the Nanasai Corporation.


  • Rijksmuseum AmsterdamAmsterdam, Nederland
  • NewfieldsIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • State Library VictoriaMelbourne, VIC, Australia
  • National Gallery of VictoriaMelbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Werkstatten Ackermann & PfannenbergDresden, Deutschland
  • FIDM Museum & GalleriesLos Angeles, CA, USA
  • Divisão Municipal de MuseusLisbon, Portugal
  • National Museum of AustraliaCanberra, Australia
  • The Moscow Kremlin Museums FoundationMoscow Kremlin, Russian Federation
  • The Colonial Williamsburg FoundationWilliamsburg, VA, USA
  • Colorado State UniversityColorado, USA
  • The Art Institute of ChicagoChicago, IL, USA
  • Chicago History MuseumChicago, Illinois, USA
  • Kunsthalle DüsseldorfDüsseldorf, Deutschland
  • Newark MuseumNewark, NJ, USA
  • The ValentineRichmond, VA, USA
  • Peabody Essex MuseumSalem, MA, USA
  • Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia, PA, USA
  • Fragonard ParfumeurGrasse, France
  • Museum of Fine Arts, BostonBoston, MA, USA
  • Minneapolis Institute of ArtMinneapolis, MN, USA
  • The Metropolitan Museum of ArtNY, USA
  • Royal Alberta MuseumAlberta, Canada
  • Royal Ontario MuseumToronto, Canada
  • Los Angeles County Museum of ArtLos Angeles, CA, USA
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ArtHartford, CT, USA