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 Ariane Koizumi. She is Eurasian (half Dutch, half Japanese) and wears her hair short given her a slightly androgynous appearance.

She has strong similarities to another Eurasian model, Tina Chow, that Rootstein also made as a mannequin.

Ariane was a custom sculpture for Saks Fifth Avenue. They had her as an abstract, versus realistic version.

One time when we recycled the mannequins at a Saks store that was closing the ONLY mannequins they had were Ariane and they are all painted the glossy black you see in the photos.

This was the only time I have ever seen Rootstein Mannequins in a glossy black finish.

While some mannequins collectors have had her transformed into a realistic face, I don’t think Rootstein every released a realistic version of Ariane. To the best of my knowledge there isn’t even a Rootstein catalogue with her image, because she was for Saks only.

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