My favorite museum, The Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle, currently is midway through a show of costume jewelry called “Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger”. From one-of-a-kind pieces from couturier collections to contemporary designers, the gallery shows five decades of fascinating design. http://www.madmuseum.org/exhibition/fashion-jewelry
The mostly bold forms of the bracelets, necklaces and pins create a dream of inspiration for the wonderful exhibitors who create botanical jewelry in major flower shows across the country. If you can’t get to NYC to see this exhibit, check out the accompanying book from Assouline publishers. This Chanel pin from 1990 has such bold settings for the semi-precious gems.
Chanel paired necklaces such as this asymmetrical feather design with severe little black dresses. The caption read: “Her weighty and bold jewelry evoked Byzantine splendor and exotic opulence”. It would be interesting to see how such a strong design actually sits on the figure. Not for the faint of shoulder, this.
Miriam Haskell came from Indiana to New York in the 1920’s. She was famous for her intricate glass beading threaded on slender wires, seen above in graduated tassels suspended on this vibrant necklace.
Masks often appear in the Botanical Arts classes in the Philadelphia Flower Show. This rhinestone and simulated pearl mask was created for a couture show in 1951. See what I mean about inspiration for Botanical Arts projects?
Contemporary design is alive and blooming with this necklace by Daniel Von Weinberger, a Belgian who studied goldsmithing, costume and theater in the 1970’s. Those skills and his imaginative use of found materials result in an exuberant necklace.
Being an unofficial queen of the big bold necklace, this one, again by Von Weinberger, was my favorite piece in the show. It is filled with all kinds of odd pieces of molded plastic with almost lariat connections, all in vibrant colors.