A THOROUGH COSTUME JEWELLERY SHOW AT PALAZZO REALE
“Jewellery à la mode”, a show that I couldn’t miss, being a fanatic of costume jewellery. It was held at Palazzo Reale in Milan and curated by Alba Cappellieri, professor of Fashion Design.
500 objects displayed in the magnificent Sale degli Arazzi and divided in three categories: Italian costume jewellery firms with decades of experience, objects by independent designers focused on research and creativity, pieces of jewellery, like the ones featured below, made for major fashion designers to complete their apparel collections.
I must say it has been very difficult to choose just a few images for a gallery, all the exposed objects were worthy of attention.
Let’s continue with a historic Italian brand, Bozart. Founded in 1956 by Lucio Manca and his wife Emy they, some years later, opened a monobrand shop – a real innovation at that time – in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the heart of Milan. Furthermore they collaborated with famous couturiers, invented the mini dress in metallic mesh and anticipated the present trend of “body jewellery”.
Ornella Bijoux, was founded as far back as 1944 by Piera Albani. The pieces, in limited edition, are now entirely made by hand by Maria Vittoria Albani in her Milanese atelier. They were worn in the past by stars and princesses and now by actresses and fashion models. Among the materials she uses: seashells, Swarovski crystals, Murano glass, pearls and vintage ceramic.
Then an artist from Frascati, close to Rome, but Milanese by adoption, Ugo Correani. In 1973 he started to make costume jewellery for the fashion designer Walter Albini, then he collaborated with Gianni Versace during the 70′ and the 80′ and later on also with Valentino, Fendi, Chanel and Lacroix. Unfortunately he died too soon at the age of 56, in 1992, and he is not so popular as other creative talents but his name is well known by the experts.
There were many interesting contemporary designers, one of them is Maria Francesca Pepe, born in Italy, she obtained a degree at Central Saint Martin. I first saw her in London about 10 years ago during one of my scouting trips. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncè, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker appreciate and wear her jewels, completely handcrafted by Italian artisans, for their avant-gard style.
Then Sveva Camurati, designer of Sveva Collection, born in Milan and grown up in her’s mother atelier. At first she followed her passion for theater and moved abroad, after she became a globe trotter but at the end she came back to Milan and started to create the one of a kind pieces of jewellery into wich she transfer her voyage experiences.
Silvia Beccaria instead comes from textile design and Art Therapy. She makes a lot of research and experiments mix of materials: threads, PVC, rubber, polyurethane and latex.