Barbara Berger’s jewellery :Chanel,Dior, Madame Grixpoix, Valentino….

chanel arm with bracelets madBarbara Berger’s costume jewellery exhibition at the museum of art and design celebrates the craftsmanship and attitude of costume jewelry but also raised the question in my mind – When is costume jewelry art and when is it kitsch?

In India we have mixed views on costume jewelry as the tendency is to pay top dollar for ‘real’ stuff – read gold, diamonds and precious stones rather than pay a premium for design and designers name .

We also get very good costume jewellery in the Mughal and Nizami traditions in Jaipur and Hyderabad relatively cheap and unsigned so we are not trained to look for signatures as yet. There are Jamini Ahluwalia pieces you would pay for but never at the price you see costume jewellery in the West .

Barbara Berger has collected every known name in the world of costume jewelry from Madame Gripoix, Miriam Haskell and Joseph of Hollywood to designs by houses like Chanel, Dior, Valentino ,Ysl ,Nina Ricci and many more. It is an amazing collection and definitely worth a visit .

You can also go to the museum website for more details www.madmuseum.org

This is a selection from one woman’s collection that occupies an entire floor in the museum. Perhaps these pictures will inspire you to start your own collection .To my Indian friends -do hang on to all your Naga, Toda and Tibetan pieces as they will be great collector pieces one day in my opinion.

Enjoy the pix and do add your comments. barbra blurbBalanceiaga by Robert Gossens Balanceiaga by Robert Gossens

chanel bracelet 1993Dior brooch 1960'sDior brooch 1960’s

Billy boy -safe sex necklace
Billy boy -safe sex necklace
Valentino
Valentino
Heaven designs for dries van noreen among others.
Heaven designs for dries van norten among others

Chanel necklace 2007Chanel necklace 2007

John Galliano for Dior 2008
John Galliano for Dior 2008
Valentino
Valentino
Pierre Cardin lost his brand value with rampant licensing so we forget what a good esigner he was in the fifties and sixties
Pierre Cardin lost his brand value with rampant licensing so we forget what a good esigner he was in the fifties and sixties
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin

chanel bracelet 1993

Karl Lagerfeld bristle brush bracelet
Karl Lagerfeld bristle brush bracelet
YSL
YSL
Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci
Etro vlevet and metal necklace
Etro vlevet and metal necklace
Irad moini designs for valentino and under his own name
Irad moini designs for valentino and under his own name

2 Comments Add yours

  1. coralcrue says:

    Some of this stuff, frankly, just makes me gasp. Designer or not, I prefer very well crafted, dainty pieces. Even if it is a very heavy piece, I would look for Mughal designs or very intricate and feminine work. Most of these are just junk I wouldn’t pay for even if it’s from a big name. Ugggh. Btw, I loved going through them 🙂

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