A labor of love is always a pleasure to see but a passion, well that can and often does leave us breathless. Rhinestone Annie will not only leave you breathless for the passion and workwomen ship displayed, but the imaginative blending of the glitter and glamour of rhinestones with her otherwise not so glamorous subjects will surely leaving you smiling. And although this is not exactly within the customary definition of jewelry we felt Anne Collens and her "work" belonged in the "Fashion Jewelry History Hall of Fame".
I retired my mannequin when my work with theatre ended in the early 60s. I
decided to use my collection of jewelry parts etc. to make an exotic
"skin" for her. It took over 1,000 hours and lots of intricate work,
custom fitting and forming most pieces of jewelry. I added rhinestones to
enhance the glitter. The mannequin had been on local television and on display
at our local museum attracting interest from people of all ages.
Here she is in color showing off her true jeweled splendor,
Rhinestone Annie, Anne Collens from British Colombia. In VFCJ vol. 12, #1 we showed her life-sized Rhinestone Annie mannequin. "She" has since been sold to Pam Claussen of Redmond, Washington, artist of fashion bridal wear. These are some of Anne’s other creations: Jewel #1, a carousel horse with a genuine turquoise saddle, cuffs and bib of fresh water pearls and floral vintage jewelry on head and tail. Below is a trinket box made primarily from vintage brooches.
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