when i was searching for decor for my new apartment last year, i knew i wanted a vintage body form/mannequin. they make fabulous conversation starters. (beware: some guests may find them odd or awkward.) they're also fantastic for holding or modeling accessories--hats, necklaces, bags.
images courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com
my body form rests on a two-step bench with a necklace and red/white bakers twine loosely hanging from her neck. she's french and bona fide vintage, circa 1942.