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25 November 2019THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION (JEWELLERY AND FASHION FROM 1890 to 1959)
24 February 2020BERLIN TO BRIDLINGTON

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THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION
(JEWELLERY AND FASHION FROM 1890 to 1959)



Andrew Prince Monday 25 November 2019

This special interest day will be in two sessions with a break for refreshments .

The first session ‘From Downton to Gatsby’ relates to the period  1890 to 1929. For the series 'DOWNTON ABBEY' Andrew was comissioned to make many jewels for the main characters, and this inspired him to create a talk based upon 'Downton' and the changing styles of jewels and fashion portrayed.

Jewellery and Fashion are often seen as two entirely separate and distinct fields of design, but this is very far from the case.

In his talk Andrew guides you through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great Couturiers collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce Jewell’s of outstanding quality and glittering opulence .

In the second talk Andrew shows how the rise of Cinema and Hollywood had such an important  impact on fashion and jewellery design for the period from 1929 to 1959.

From the likes of Dietrich to Grace Kelly, he guides you through the various Screen Goddesses, how they were portrayed and what they wore to such dazzling effect.

He discusses and shows that with the development of advertising, labour saving devices and leisure time, people had more opportunities to enjoy themselves and spend money on the finer things in life as well as how political events influenced design and what was worn.

Andrew also shows that the Belle Époque and Art Deco styles did not end with the outbreak of the Second World War but combined to flower again with Christian Dior’s “New Look”.

Doors Open 10 am ,the event will run from 10.30am to 1 pm with a break for tea or coffee and cakes.

Cost £15 per person.

This event is to raise funds for our Young Arts Projects which are designed to develope a love of art in our local school children by supporting art education in local schools and in High Wycombe Museum .

The event is open to family and friends.

To book a place contact Fritha Irwin on   f.irwin@btinternet.com

 

Andrew Prince has had a passion for jewellry since he was a small child.The very first piece of jewellry he created was a ring made of copper wire pulled from the back of a television.He was taken to various exhibitions and just before leaving school , he visited Geneva to view the astonishing Sotheby's auction of the Duchess of Windsor's jewellry collection.Here, for the first time , he held pieces created by some of the world's greatest jewellers, fashioned from only the finest stones and set in designs of outstanding quality.This was a life changing experience . Andrew worked for jewellers Ian Harris and Elizabeth Gage and subsequently realised beautiful jewellry did not require expensive stones and hence he started to design fine costume jewellry for celebrities such as Shirley  Bassey and Michael Jackson.

In 2002 , the V & A commissioned a collection of jewels to accompany the resplendent Tiaras, Past and Present exhibition.This exposure led to Andrew's jewellry appearing in film.

In 2005, he was asked to make tiaras and jewellry for Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judy Dench. In 2009, pieces were commissioned for The Young Victoria  starring Emily Blunt and Miranda Richardson. In 2012 , he was chosen by the creators of Downton Abbey to supply a large collection of jewellry for the third series . The characters played by Maggie Smith , Shirley Maclaine, Elizabeth Mc Govern and Michelle Dockery were all adorned with elegant tiaras, combs, earrings and necklaces designed and created by Andrew Prince.