Author(s): Judith Miller
Dazzling, stunning, covetable and often decadent, costume jewellery has brought sparkle and elegance to the world of fashion for centuries. Whether you are just starting out, an established collector, or simply interested in vintage fashion, Costume Jewellery tells you everything you need to know. Who are the big name designers? Who are the rising stars? Where are the new collecting areas? What should you look for when buying? This stunning new guide includes a comprehensive introduction to costume jewellery - through Ancient Egypt to 19th century America - and provides the most authoritative information on 20th century jewellery by iconic names such as Trifari, Coro, Chanel and Dior. Exploring subjects including Art Deco jewellery, costume jewellery in Hollywood films, Bakelite and unsigned pieces, this book also looks at the lives of the designers and their inspirations, as well as showing hundreds of beautiful designs and the marks to look for.
This new gift edition is great value at GBP15. The past decade has seen costume jewellery become the glittering star of vintage fashion. No longer the poor relation of precious pieces, values are rising as increasing numbers of collectors see the quality of the design and craftsmanship. The market is ready for a new costume jewellery book, one that shows these dazzling pieces to the best advantage and celebrates them. Costume jewellery is constantly in the news - American first lady Michelle Obama wore vintage pieces at the inauguration; Sarah Jessica Parker wears vintage costume jewellery all the time, fashion magazines feature costume jewellery - vintage and new - in every issue.
Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques and design through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. Her expertise includes historic interiors. In 1979 Judith co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. She is an expert on the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow' and hosted the BBC TV series 'The House Detectives' and ITV1's 'Antiques Trail'. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.
Featured designers include: Chanel Coro and Corocraft Christian Dior Fahrner Stanley Hagler Miriam Haskell Hobe Joseff of Hollywood Kenneth Jay Lane Mazer Brothers and Jomaz Schiaparelli Henry Schreiner Trifari Weiss Marcel Boucher Butler & Wilson Hattie Carnegie Art Avon Bijoux Heart Tom Binns Auguste Bonaz Carolee Castlecliff Sarah Cavender Alice Caviness Ciner Copola e Toppo Eisenberg Maison Gripoix Har Kramer Lisner Mawi Pennino Bros Rebajes Reja Renoir - Matisse Nettie Rosenstein Lea Stein Vendome YSL As well as Bakelite and plastic jewelry and Christmas Tree Pins