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25 November 2019THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION (JEWELLERY AND FASHION FROM 1890 to 1959)
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THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION
(JEWELLERY AND FASHION FROM 1890 to 1959)



Andrew Prince Monday 25 November 2019

Over one hundred of our members and friends enjoyed the Special Interest Day and were priviledged to inspect numerous pieces of the Downton Abbey jewellery displayed by our lecturer Andrew Prince, which had been worn by Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Mc Govern and Michelle Dockery 

The first session ‘From Downton to Gatsby’ related 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 guided us 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 showed 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 guided us through the various Screen Goddesses, how they were portrayed and what they wore to such dazzling effect.

He discussed and showed 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 showed 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”.

 

We were delighted to welcome Andrew Prince lecturer and jeweller to High Wycombe. Andrew has made jewellery for numerous films and personalities and indeed had been commissioned by the V& A, in 2002, to produce a collection of jewels to accompany the resplendent 'Tiaras, Past and Present' exhibition. He had been interested in jewellery and fashion since an early age.