After a year of collecting an elaborate variety of modern, statement jewels, A La Vieille Russie presents “Deceptively Modern Jewelry: 1940s-1980s.” The exhibition will be on view from October 23rd through November 15th and highlights the timeless ingenuity of post-war jewelry design. A period when bold abstraction usurped the delicate realism of preceding decades. Think monumental cocktail rings, “gas pipe” bracelets and necklaces, and sculptural brooches. These pieces exhibit a playful use of metals, particularly gold. While the taste for gold jewelry began to grow in the 1930s, the woes of war were a catalyst for creativity, launching an era of bold, sculptural jewels that still resonate as modern today.
Highlights from the exhibition, that is very international in scope; include a pair of 1960s English origami-inspired 18k gold matte clip earrings whose simplistic design transcend the decades; a circa 1950s French silver bracelet with a bold pyramid pattern design that embodies an industrial elegance; and a gold and diamond collar necklace, American, circa 1950s with a textual and layered look that looks as beautiful and fresh today as when it was introduced.
"For this striking and timeless collection, we are very pleased to partner with the vintage couture fashion dealer, Katy Kane who will present a curated selection of fashion to compliment these works," explains Peter Schaffer, Director of A La Vieille Russie. According to Katy Kane, “These garments were chosen for their style, charm and unique characteristics.” Many are rare, one of a kind, or custom items designed for the cream of society by leading designers of the day including Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Yves Saint Laurent, Balmain, Nina Ricci, Halston, and Cristobal Balenciaga. Many of these fashion houses remain relevant and are still coveted by collectors today.