- Available from 28 August 2013
- A stunning survey of fashion jewellery made in Italy during the 20th century, and its symbiotic relationship with Italian fashion
In Italy there has forever been a tradition of fashioning jewellery from semi-precious metal, to create interpretations or prototypes of fine jewellery items. Designed for Fashion: Italian Jewellery moves chronologically through the last one hundred years, with fine jewellery from the start of the twentieth century, through to the years spent subjected to fascist rule, when pieces of jewellery could only be created with local materials like wood, cork, straw, Venetian glass and coral. The 50s and 60s allowed for the premier league massive names in fashion jewellery to arise; such as Fratti, Pellini, Coppola e Toppo, Luciana de Reutern, Canesi and Ornella. Designed for Fashion: Italian Jewellery deserves a special place on the shelves of fashionistas everywhere for its examination of a crucial phenomenon that came about in Milan at the end of the Seventies - "Made in Italy" - when Italian fashion entered - and dominated - the international scene, and Italian designers like Armani, Versace, Ferré, Moschino and Prada found unbelievable success everywhere around the world.