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Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture

Florence Müller, Patrick Sigal

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A richly illustrated history of costume jewelry produced by haute couture fashion houses


The term 'costume jewelry' was coined in the twentieth century for the use of non-precious metals and jewels for human adornment. This sumptuously illustrated book surveys the exquisite range of costume jewelry produced by haute couture fashion houses, a subject until now overlooked by both historians and fashion cognoscenti alike. It showcases the extraordinary diversity and exceptional craftsmanship of the jewelry in hundreds of beautifully reproduced pieces from such fashion houses as Chanel, Courrèges, Yves St Laurent and Lanvin.

The story begins in antiquity, but the main focus is on costume jewelry’s heyday, which ran from the 1920s to the 1990s. The main stages in its development are placed in historical, social and cultural contexts, then the focus moves to the creative activity of jewelry-making and the partnerships between great couturiers, costume jewellers and craftsmen. The spectacular photographs include hundreds specially taken for this volume, as well as many original photographs of the jewelry being worn.

Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture will delight anyone with an interest in this most creative and accessible decorative art.

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'A sumptuous work ... an exceptional story about some truly exquisite craftsmen's pieces'
Western Morning News

'A well-illustrated journey from the emergence of the big fashion houses in the early 20th century through to this decade'
Association for Contemporary Jewelry

'A beautiful tome ... a fascinating insight into the fashion industry '
Sunday Express

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 27 November 2006

ISBN: 9780500513354

Contents List

I. The Meeting of Haute Couture and Jewelry: 1. Before Haute Couture Jewelry: Fakes and Imitations – From Antiquity to the 19th century • 2. Haute Couture Jewelry: Its Birth and Development 3. The Fake: More Beautiful than the Real Thing • 4. The Heyday of Costume Jewelry Makers: From 1950 to 1980 • 5. Jewelry for Exhibition Fashion: From 1980 to 1997 • II. Jewelry Artists: 1. The Great Couturiers and Jewelry Designers • 2. The ‘Paruriers’ or Costume Jewelry Makers • 3. Suppliers to the Costume Jewelry Makers III. Appendices

About the Author

Florence Müller is a Professor at the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM), where she teaches the History of Fashion.

Patrick Sigal is a noted fashion and jewellery historian.

List of Contributors

Patrick Sigal