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Vogue: Jewellery for your coffee table
20151116

Vogue: Jewellery for your coffee table

20151116
Vogue has once again opened its inexhaustible fashion archive. For the coffee table book Vogue: The Jewellery, British Vogue’s Jewellery Editor Carol Woolton fills over 300 fascinating pages with photographs of perfectly staged jewellery art. Following on from the volume Vogue: The Gown, this publication shines a light on the diamonds, pearls, sapphires, rubies and precious metals from the fashion magazine’s treasure trove of images that have glittered and sparkled on the magazine’s glossy pages since 1916. Later, they were joined by feathers, plastics, glass, pompoms and steel, which by no means made the world of jewellery less glamorous, but rather even more exciting. Initially depicted as black-and-white drawings – at a time before the invention of fashion photography – they were later captured by the most talented photographers: the picture book shows this illustrative evolution over 100 years of fashion history. “Photography is an important element of the zeitgeist for Vogue, and it is fascinating to observe how the way jewellery is worn and the style of the images have changed,”  writes Alexandra Schulman, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue in the foreword to Woolton’s book. The volume reflects each era’s sense of fashion and style and shows how jewellery has become a statement. Accompanied by numerous explanations and anecdotes about how the photographs came to be taken, about the history of the pieces of jewellery and about the celebrities who were lucky enough to wear them. Regardless whether they are romantic or punk, understated or ostentatiously glamorous, all of the pieces have one thing in common: timeless elegance. Captured in photographs by Norman Parkinson, Mario Testino, Anthony Denney, David Bailey, Arthur Elgort, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton, Tim Walker and others.
Carol Woolton VOGUE: The Jewellery Coffee table book with a fabric cover and embossing in a decorative presentation box. 304 pages, 26×33 cm, Conran, £75
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