Costume Jewelery for Haute Couture

Costume Jewelery for Haute Couture

  1. Florence Müller
  2. Edited by Patrick Sigal
  • ISBN 9780500513354
  • 27.00 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 272pp
  • With over 400 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2006

This sumptuously illustrated book surveys the exquisite range of costume jewelry produced by haute couture fashion houses, an often neglected subject.

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

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, and in terms of their format and styles.The book also focuses on jewelry making and the partnerships between great couturiers, costume jewelers and craftsmen.

The spectacular photographs include hundreds specially taken for this volume, as well as many original photographs of the jewelry being worn.

Florence Müller has written many books and catalogues and organized several exhibitions on fashion history and the phenomenon of contemporary fashion. She teaches these subjects at the Institut français de la Mode. She worked as UFAC Director and Curator at Paris‚ Musée des Arts de la Mode. Among other titles, she has published Excentriques, Belles en Vogue, Baskets, une histoire de la chaussure de ville, de sport and Art & Mode. Patrick Sigal is the co-owner, with Godelieve Sigal, of the Brussels gallery 'Ciel mes Bijoux!'. He was responsible for initiating this book and the accompanying exhibition at the Grand-Hornu Museum in Belgium.