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50 Years of Style – the Fashion Jewellery Collection of an International Couture Designer

A mexican necklace from The 50 Years of Style Exhibition
Large brooch by dior with costume pearls
Peruvian silver coins necklace

Costume jewellery is a fascinating field for fashion aficionados and collectors. Back in the 1930s Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli explored the creative possibilities of artistic jewels and, by the 1950s, American celebrities ensured that “non-fine jewellery” became highly desirable. This selling exhibition is inspired by a lady called Nina who was British, lived in Columbia until the 1950s, then trained as a couture designer in New York. Nina lived all over the world and we see her deep interest in cultural heritage in the pieces she collected. A magpie with an artist’s eye, Nina alighted on a wide range of stylish opportunities from African coffee bean necklaces to Christian Lacroix earrings and Christian Dior brooches.

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The Design Gallery was launched in 2002 to specialise in progressive design movements of the 19th and 20th Century. We met whilst studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and discovered that we shared a passion for design, especially Art Deco, Art Nouveau and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

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