from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frame, sometimes of wire, in the form of a woman, used in making dresses.
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(I wouldn't be surprised if the campaign had a CAD-plotted dress-form for Palin.)
Or maybe you want a dress-form print silk hankie in the same colors?
Amazing little dress-form sculptures by Leigh Pennebaker via the ever-stylish Lauren Cerand.
She ran out of the room, coming back in a moment with a life-size dress-form in her arms, which she set down.
In contrast, "Word Queen of Laughter," a lettered dress-form with movable wing-like doors along the bodice and skirt, is made with foil, organza, wire, and steel.
(That and all the unsubtle close-ups of her abandoned dress-form, accompanied by a sad-jazzy score.