Almax Mannequins: between craftsmanship and technology

Explore 47 years of Italian tradition and technological innovation

Almax: creating mannequinsAssolombarda

Alcuni modelli prodotti a fine anni '60 by AlmaxAssolombarda

47 years of traditions

Quality, design and technological innovation: these are just some of the characteristics of made in Italy that have been guiding Almax in the design and production of men, women and children mannequins and busts forms. Toward the end of the 70s, Saverio Catanese sees the opportunities of turning the mannequin into a successful product.

Prototipi in creta di fine anni '70 by AlmaxAssolombarda

The production of the first series of mannequins starts thanks to the collaboration with creative directors, sculptors and greatly talented artists that allow the company to grow.

Collezione Bonnie, anni '70 by AlmaxAssolombarda

The 70s and the 80s are characterized by a fast growth: acquisitions (Prifo Manichini in 1973) and collaborations (with the American company E.T. Cranston) lead to an enhancement of the production, both on a technical and commercial level.

Collezione Christine, anni '80 by AlmaxAssolombarda

In 1980 the company opens up to new markets and it opens a factory in Mariano Comense (CO). The name, Almax, is the result of the fusion of the names of the two founders: Alfonso and Massimiliano, sons of the founder, today Technical and Artistic Director and CEO of the company.

La sede italiana di Almax by AlmaxAssolombarda

Almax factories and showrooms can be found in Italy, the USA and China. Logistical centers, painting lines and showrooms can be also found in France, Mexico, Canada and Brasil.

This process has led in 2016 to the acquisition of Almax by The Visuality Corporation.

La definizione degli occhi by AlmaxAssolombarda

How is a Mannequin Made?

Detailed designs are the starting point for the creation of mannequins.

Progetto di una nuova collezione by AlmaxAssolombarda

Sketches on paper are the starting point of the design of a new collection.

Modello in plastilina by AlmaxAssolombarda

A first model in clay will help define the pose, the style and the details of the sculpture.

Vista sul laboratorio by AlmaxAssolombarda

An initial outline designed in modeling clay will later help to define the pose and details of the sculpture and mannequin style, and will serve as a first plaster model.

Il volto by AlmaxAssolombarda

The chalk components are perfected and refined so that they can then be used to make the corresponding molds.
The face is a fundamental component that can affect the appearance and expression of the whole mannequin.

Scansione del manichino by AlmaxAssolombarda

The plaster prototype is scanned with special equipment that draws a 3D image, which is then used to make aluminum molds using a numerically-controlled milling machine.

Realizzazione del modello in 3D by AlmaxAssolombarda

Traditional sculpture

Collezione ModulR, anno 2017 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Model of a woman mannequin designed with 3D modeling

Manichino della collezione New Underwear, anno 2009 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collections vary according to position, size and type: abstract, realistic, with hair or sculpted.

Archivio di stampi by AlmaxAssolombarda

Almax archive preserves more than 1000 original models for men, women and children mannequins in different sizes, positions, ethnic and physical characteristics.

Estrazione del pezzo by AlmaxAssolombarda

The raw material—shock-absorbent polystyrene—is heated to obtain a soft, homogeneous mass, which is then divided into different measures depending on the part to be produced.
The mass of molten polystyrene is then placed into the mold, which it will fill once it is closed.

Il reparto di lisciatura by AlmaxAssolombarda

Once the mass has solidified, the cast can be extracted from the mold in order to be smoothed and finished several times before it is painted and decorated

La verniciatura by AlmaxAssolombarda

The different parts are painted in special cabins using water-based paints respectful of the environment.

Manichini in asciugatura by AlmaxAssolombarda

Applicazione delle ciocche by AlmaxAssolombarda

In order to make the wigs, each fiber bundle is carefully combed and blended to achieve the desired nuance. The strands are then applied individually onto special plastic caps. Scissors create the right length, in the hands of expert hairstylists.

Il reparto parrucche by AlmaxAssolombarda

Ciocche di fibra in varie nuance by AlmaxAssolombarda

Volti di donna by AlmaxAssolombarda

The face can wear different styles, from realistic with makeup and a wig, to sculpted hair, classic taste, and futuristic versions of iconic styles. Expressions range from glamor and seduction to sweetness and cheerfulness in more than 1,600 faces.

La scelta del make-up by AlmaxAssolombarda

Once painted, the mannequins can go through make-up. The base is made with airbrush paint while details are made by professionals designers.

Esempi di make up non convenzionale by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Gen y, anno 2017 by AlmaxAssolombarda

The choice of makeup is often dictated by whatever styles and trends are in fashion, but also by the personality of each and every brand.

Trucco su viso stilizzato by AlmaxAssolombarda

The length and shape of the eyelashes also affects every look.

Realizzazione di effetti e finiture by AlmaxAssolombarda

Finishes are handmade by the team of designers. Different effects can be created such as wood, marble, stone, concrete or antiqued gold.

Collezione Style In Evolution_Metallic, anno 2016 by AlmaxAssolombarda

The Evolution of the Mannequin

The company follows the evolution of fashion and the mannequins reflect the spirit of the time in their hairstyles and make up.

Collezione Bonnie, anni '70 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Charmaine, anno 1986 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Mavis, anno 1992 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Sheila, anno 2004 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Ross, anno 2004 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione Wigs&Makeup, anno 2010 by AlmaxAssolombarda

Collezione A by Almax Realistic, anno 2015 by AlmaxAssolombarda

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