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Costume Jewelry from Chanel to Dior at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

Wine grape necklace with brooch dade in Neugablonz around 1968, Pricharé,
(Private Collection Gisela Wiegert © Hartmut Springer, Gronau)

The Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin will unveil a new exhibition based on fashion jewelry titled “Bijoux Bijoux! Costume Jewelry from Chanel to Dior” on October 12.

On view are around 500 objects from the Gisela Wiegert collection from 1930 to 2007. All of 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.

It was Coco Chanel who was the first designer to recognize the potential use and the creative possibilities of fashion jewelry. She used it as a design element for her collections 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.”

These 500 objects consisting mostly of matching ensembles so-called “Paruren” are being displayed for the first time in Berlin. According to the museum, “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.”

The exhibition has been divided into two parts. 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. An emphasis on the development of fashion jewelry in Europe and the US from 1930 until today is also part of it. The second part of the show is dedicated exclusively to designs from the house of Dior arranged from 1955 to 2007.

“Bijoux Bijoux! Costume Jewelry from Chanel to Dior” runs from October 12, 2018, through January 27, 2019, at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthaikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, Germany.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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