New York—If you love fashion jewelry, especially pieces from some of the most iconic designers in the world, be sure to check out Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).
This world-renowned collection features a breathtaking array of couture jewelry. Pieces range from necklaces to bracelets and earrings made by designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Lanvin, Missoni, Oscar de la Renta, Pucci and more.
The exhibition will be held at the Museum of Arts and Design from June 25 through September 22.
“This exhibition is the most important presentation of fashion jewelry the world has seen in decades,” says guest curator Harrice Miller. “Barbara Berger’s passion for collecting beautiful objects combined with her connoisseur’s eye has resulted in an extravagance of treasures.”
The daughter of an American diamond merchant, Berger’s passion for costume jewelry blossomed when she purchased a pair of Chanel earrings at French flea market when she was a teenager. As years passed she began to assemble her own collection of couture jewelry, which has grown and is currently compromised of approximately 4,000 pieces. Her pieces include more than 80 designers and are a representation of over 50 years of collecting.
“To talk about collecting costume jewelry is to talk about life, style, hear and passion,” says Berger. “Collecting is a treasure hunt, and completing my collection has been one of the highlights of my life.”
Guests will see pieces that not only celebrate the history of costume jewelry, but also the artistry exemplified by the most exceptional designers and craftsmen over the past five decades. From swans and flowers to crosses and feathers, the couture jewelry in Barbara Berger’s collection is a wide assortment of one-of-a kind pieces that are simply sensational.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication on the Barbara Berger collection published by Assouline, with a preface by Pamela Golbin, who is the chief curator of Paris’ Musée de la Mode et du Textile; an essay by fashion guru Iris Apfel; and text by jewelry historian Harrice Simons Miller.
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