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Triangle Men Create the Changing Face of Fashion

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FAYETTEVILLE — You see them every time yougo to the store, but probably look right past them. Mannequins helpshape the clothes we buy. Two triangle men are making a living by shapingthem.

"We have people come in here. They're scared to look in," saysmannequin artist Luan Jones. "They say what do you all do?"

It'senough to make you blush, maybe even give you a good scare. But in asmall warehouse is a business that's pale in comparison. Jones sayshis job is different everyday. He can take a broken nose and make it lookbeautiful. It's a lot like being a plastic surgeon, but onlywithout the big bucks.

Instead of helping real people, Luan Joneshelps mannequins -- fixing the bare necessities like he has for the pastseven years. Jones and Larry Clubine take parts from up and down the eastcoast, from Macy's to JC Penney's, and make them whole again.

"Somedays are more adventurous than others," Jones admits. "like when wehave 20 to 30 mannequins to do in about a week."

If there's one thing you can learn here, it's that working withdummies is one way to keep a good sense of humor. Where else can a manget away with stripping a total stranger, or chopping off one head toreplace it with another.

"You laugh at it, and frown sometimes," Jones says. "Youget frustrated, but at the end of the day you just [whistle]."

It mayjust be a job, but to Jones and Clubine there's an art to their work thatmakes their careers seem head and shoulders above the rest.

Clubine, the owner of the mannequin business, says when he deliversdummies to New York City no one looks twice. But down in Raeford, thesight of naked bodies piled to the ceiling of his van draws quite a crowd. Kerrie Hudzinski

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