Adel Rootstein

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Adel Rootstein (1930 – 20 September 1992) was a British mannequin designer responsible for premium designs that are sold worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Rootstein was born in Warmbaths, South Africa in 1930. She married the industrial designer Richard Hopkins.[1] Rootstein started by making window displays, which gave her an understanding of "the void that had existed between fashion coverage in the international media & what actually happened in windows." [2]


Rootstein started making mannequins in the kitchen of her basement flat in Earls Court in 1956.[2] She first hired sculptor John Taylor and model Imogen for her first mannequin, placed in a reclining position.[2] This was the start of her first collection, called "Model Girl".[2]

Rootstein Hopkins Foundation[edit]

In 1990, Rootstein and her husband Rick Hopkins set up the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation to assist young artists and designers.[3] The mannequin business was sold in 1991 and Rootstein died in London on 20 September 1992.


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