1.Collaborations between European couturiers and craftsmen
Bold or delicate, extravagant or dainty, modern or classic—every look dreamed up by an haute couture designer of costume jewelry was given shape by a gifted craftsman or artisan. Without these collaborations, European costume jewelry would never have achieved the exquisite beauty for which it is known.
2.Original, innovative costume jewelry elevated into works of art
This exhibition showcases a great number of accessories of unparalleled beauty, created by designers gifted with mastery over their materials and the skill to craft innovative forms. Highlights include works by Lyda Coppola, who favored the use of Venetian glass beads from her native Italy, and Line Vautrin of France, who began casting and sculpting metal in her studio at an early age. Each piece is nothing less than a wearable work of art.
3.Costume jewelry from the United States—more accessible, but just as beautiful
Across the Atlantic, it was the film industry that helped popularize costume jewelry, inspiring women around the United States to seek out accessories like those worn by their favorite Hollywood actresses. Among the most noteworthy US designers were Miriam Haskell, who used Venetian beads and imitation Japanese pearls in her elegant, refined necklaces, and Trifari, a company with Italian roots where Alfred Philippe, who had previously worked for a prominent Parisian jeweler, created elegantly designed and delicately crafted brooches and clips.