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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Minaudière by CHANEL, ca. 2012. Courtesy of Chanel.

The minaudière, a term coined by Estelle Arpels (wife of Alfred van Cleef, founder of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels), entered both women’s vocabulary and their wardrobes in the 1930s.  Irresistibly handy, and literally made to fit in the palm of one’s hand, the minaudière, a small-scale handbag or clutch, was a clever upgrade […]

Armani dress clad in Swarovski crystals, Courtesy of Swarovski

The latest exhibit, Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One (Fashion & Textile History Gallery, November 29, 2011 through May 8, 2012; http://fitnyc.edu/11600.asp) is in itself a contradiction. The show offers a stunning sequence of the most prominent names in 20th and 21st century fashion and their timeless creations.  […]

Crystalucinae Metha Agressiva

In today’s Haute Joaillerie, the role of the stone is predominant in the process of making jewelry, preeminence very much in tandem with the yielding of the goldsmith to the jeweler in early Modern Europe. What is significantly different today as compared to the art of jewelry making in the 15th and 16th centuries in […]