What is a Fit Model?
A fit model is essentially a live mannequin who tries on clothing development samples for fashion designers to help them achieve the perfect fit. With each garment they provide feedback on the fit, feel and function, such as how easy and comfortable it is to move, the fabric hand-feel and drape, as well as the overall appearance.
Fit models must
- meet specific height, bust-waist-hip, arm, leg, and other measurement requirements.
- have well-proportioned, balanced and symmetrical bodies with standard size measurements for their size category.
- be able to identify and clearly verbalize how a garment feels, catching any fit issues that might affect the sale of that garment.
- be able to give accurate and helpful feedback to the patternmakers, designers and technical teams in order to produce the best fitting garment, ultimately helping companies increase sales and decrease return rates.