|Christian Dior for John Galliano circa 2000|
(All photos Lieba Nesis)
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|Miriam Haskell by Lawrence Vrba|
Many of the designs were made specifically to be worn with haute couture clothing by premier fashion designers. The featured jewelry designers of this over four hundred and fifty piece exhibition include Kenneth Lane, Lanvin, Missoni, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Boucher, Balenciaga, and Trifari. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum from June 25th through September 22nd (with a portion remaining open until January 11th). The company of Miriam Haskell, the famed jewelry designer who died in 1981, subsidized the show and donated a gilded metal and pearl grape necklace to the Museum's permanent collection.
|Barbara Berger & David McFadden|
This collection was organized by David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, in collaboration with guest curator and jewelry historian Harrice Miller. McFadden said that he and Berger worked on this exhibition for the past eight to ten years. This is the first costume exhibition in the Museum's history and one where fantastic objects and great concepts were seamlessly merged. They chose the best pieces from her collection with meticulous attention to not only excellence in appearance but also to perfection in execution and craftsmanship. While there are no precious stones involved in the making of this jewelry, all the pieces are historical couture pieces with intricate detailing and work.
|William De Lillo circa 1972|
Barbara Berger reiterated her pride in this presentation by stating, this "is the most amazing day of my life- to see all this effort come to fruition." This has been Barbara's all consuming passion and therefore, she appreciates the Museum's vision of her core collection of vintage jewelry as being highly contemporary. Some of her favorite works in the collection are those of Miriam Haskell who she views as impeccable for her strength and creativity in jewelry construction. This exhibition is Barbara's life work and the beauty of the jewelry mirrored that dedication.
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. A wide range of educational programs will accompany the exhibition, including lectures and panel discussions, designer-led exhibition tours, and hands-on jewelry workshops and demonstrations in MAD’s 6th floor Open Studios.
For more info: Claire Laporte
Manager of Public Affairs