This is my series devoted to the real life models who became Rootstein mannequins. The mannequins are also dressed in attire that provides a little bit of fashion history.
This is Joe Chavez from the Heroes series bust pose R31. As you can see from the catalog photos, this model was released as a torso (with and without a head) and as just a head form on a stand.
I don’t recall ever seeing ANY Rootstein Mannequin released as a head form. The head here was factory from Rootstein, made to be a prop that resembles a museum ruin. The Heroes Series was favored by high end retailers, as the series was reminiscent of archeology ruins.
The realistic version of this mannequin was from the Body Boys Series
I had a TON Of the Heroes & Heroine (the female versions) mannequins when I recycled them from a Wilkes Bashford store. And I had quite a few from Ralph Lauren. I used the Heroes series in my mannequin rental business – they were real workhorses – wish I had kept one.
When I was interviewed by Paul Solman of PBS NewsHour, you can see Joe and another one from the Heroes series in the background
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