Palazzo Reale: Italian art in costume jewelry

For Fashion Week, Milan celebrates Italian finesse in craftsmanship with an exhibit at Palazzo Reale – curated by Alba Cappellieri and Lino Raggio – which retraces the history of costume jewelry from the economic boom years to the end of the millennium.   Promoted by the City Council, Fiera Milano and Homi, this exhibition is divided into three sections and showcases 300 pieces to trace back an important part of the Country costume history with charming pins, bracelet and various eclectic creations.

Starting points is the 50’s and 60’s, the happy – and famous- “Dolce Vita” years in which the identifying characteristics of Italian culture in fashion taste emerged. The itinerary follows with the 80’s and the “Prêt-à-Porter” concept, a unique moment of conjunction between fashion and accessories, with prominent names in the industry as in the case of Giorgio Armani, Moschino, Gianfranco Ferrè, Missoni and Fiorucci.

The exhibit ends with a section dedicated to the ones who invested their entire life to refining the costume jewelry art: Bozart, Ornella Bijoux, Sharra Pagano, Ottavio Re and Unger, all major Milanese companies involved in this project and leading names in the formation of Italian fashion and costume.

“The Bijoux (Italian for costume jewelry ) on stage in this exhibit are all narrating typical Italian stories, defined by the ability to work on micro- as well as on macro scales, – writes the curator in her introduction. And Cappellieri continues: “with equal mastery, in one piece or serial production, on beauty and quality equally, on traditions and experimentations. Intersections of knowledge and expertise, stories of men and women who dedicated not only their work but their entire life- and the life of their families – to this wonderful object of craftsmanship”.

Words that describes the inherent value of the Bijoux that is the ability always to define the present in fashion and costume trends.  


Milano – Palazzo Reale

Until March 2 2016

Monday – 2:30 pm/7:30 pm

Tuesday 9:30 am/19,30 pm


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