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 Dianne Brill – well the head is hers, not the body. (more about that below)
Dianne Brill was one of the few mannequins Rootstein sculpted after a person who was NOT an established runway model or a famous celebrity (Cher, Joan Collins).
Dianne Brill was the Queen of New York’s nightlife in the 1980’s who managed to transcend her star status into a successful career working with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Prince.
Dianne was also a curvy woman, especially by mannequin standards. Her look, complete with big hair, big bust, big hips and tiny waist celebrated the curves of a more voluptuous body. Check out more details about on the Rootstein website here:
My collector found the Diane Brill head on the secondary market and waiting to try to find her body. He settled on the next best curvey body – one from the Calendar Girls Series body. He sent the pieced to Redbeau Mannequin to retrofit parts of Calendar Girls Series body and refinished.
One of the b/w images is the real Dianne Brill and the other image is what the original mannequin looks like. In this interview with Dianne she talks about her experience in being turned into a mannequin: https://wyldemag.com/interviews/2017/8/12/still-brill
Dianne Brill styled in Louis Vuitton scarf, Oscar De La Renta knit suit, Thierry Mugler bustier and Givenchy shoes.
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