Apparel fit expert Alvanon has used the latest body scan data for children to develop its range of children’s European ‘design and fit’ mannequins.

The soft AlvaForm models, which range from new born to 16 years, feature moveable arms to significantly improve the apparel fit process. The innovation should help children’s clothing designers, brands and retailers achieve a current and consistent fit standard for a target age range.

The children’s EU AlvaForm line is constructed of memory foam with an internal skeleton and jointed arms wrapped with a fusible stretch cotton fabric. This flexible, soft structure makes it ideal for fitting clothes as the memory foam exhibits similar properties to human tissue.

Apparel designers can use the form to fit clothes before final fit sessions with live models. This is especially useful for children's wear as it eliminates the requirement for multiple fit sessions using babies and young children.

Hong Kong based designer children's wear label A for Apple is the first kid's wear brand to use children’s AlvaForms to develop its debut European-fit collection.

The two firms will be exhibiting at the Pitti Bimbo children's wear fair in Florence later this month.