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Obituary: Mannequin maker Robert Patterson

Sculptor Robert Patterson, 64, who has made mannequins for the fashion retail industry for more than 30 years, died on 29 November following an undisclosed illness.

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Patterson’s work is well respected in the visual merchandising industry and continues to be seen in store windows across the world.

He created mannequin collections for many of Europe’s key display suppliers, including Gemini, Hindsgaul and EuroDisplay.

Patterson also worked on exhibition commissions, including for the Victoria & Albert Museum, US designer Rick Owens and a number of private collectors. His most recent collaboration was with Proportion London.

“His mannequins are instantly recognisable for their stylised and often dramatic character,” said the firm’s creative director Tanya Reynolds.

“Robert was a gentle, stylish man who was a joy to work with. Intelligent, curious and innovative, his ideas were often ahead of the zeitgeist. He was respected by everyone who met him and he will be greatly missed by the fashion industry.”

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