Designer Costume Jewelry at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

Designer Costume Jewelry at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

“Bijoux Bijoux! Costume Jewelry from Chanel to Dior” is on view at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin. The exhibition is on view through October 12, 2018 and features 500 objects from the Gisela Wiegert collection from 1930 to 2007.

“All the designs are from major fashion houses and well-known designers like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and William de Lillo. These are being exhibited for the first time in Berlin. Clothes and jewelry have always shared a strong connection. Fashion jewelry originally created from base or semi-precious materials in a relatively low-cost production process has become an indispensable addition to fashion. Important production centers in the last century were Idar-Oberstein and Gablonz and after World War II Neugablonz, as well as Providence in the US. This is where jewelry was produced in large production plants,” says Kunstgewerbemuseum.

Coco Chanel was the first designer to recognize the potential use and the creative possibilities of fashion jewelry. The design element for her collections was used from the early 1930s. “Couturiers followed in line and today almost every major fashion house creates a season for their own jewelry,” the museum says. “Costume jewelry or rather ‘couture jewelry’ is an integral part of haute couture collections and has developed its own artistic claim which distinguishes it from the model of ‘real’ jewelry,” adds the museum.

On display are matching ensembles called “Paruren” and the museum added that “these are loans from Gisela Wiegert, one of the most important German collectors of costume jewelry. For more than 30 years she has passionately collected knowledgeable high-quality fashion jewelry and presents the most important and beautiful pieces of her opulent collection.”

There are two parts to this exhibition where the interaction between jewelry and fashion is highlighted in the first section with works by Coco Chanel, Coppola and Toppo, Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Kenneth J. Lane, William de Lillo, Prichare, Trifari to Elsa Schiaparelli, Vendome, and Albert Weiss. The second part is dedicated exclusively to designs from the house of Dior arranged from 1955 to 2007.

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