Wadsworth Hosts Lecture By “Downton Abbey” Jewelry Designer
Period jewelry being designed for British TV his Downton Abbey by Andrew Prince is getting plenty of attention. The late 19th and early 20th century setting of the show has renewed interest in the jewelry designs and trends from 1890-1929. These years were special in that the world expanded and influences from the opulence created during this period made jewelry designs flourish. And now renewed interest in such retro designs is growing. Is it due to this one show, who knows but I can say that when a designers works are featured in TV or movies it always helps peak interest.
The stranded pearl necklaces, tiara’s, chokers, combs, and brooches are all wonderful fanciful examples of period jewelry that seem to have become newly invigorated by the works of the cast of Downton Abbey and the shows designer Andrew Prince. Jewelry designers are many and many a designer never sees the success that Andrew is having. Jewelry designing is a passion for most and a business for a few, so don’t let the lack of fame and sales success intimidate you into not putting forth your jewelry designs.
A little bit of the hit PBS series “Downton Abbey” comes to Hartford later this week.
The ups and downs of the aristocratic Crawley family enthralled viewers for six seasons, and part of the allure for many was the show’s dogged dedication to authenticity — especially the period clothes and jewelry.
Andrew Prince, the jewelry designer for “Downton Abbey,” will give a lecture Thursday night at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford on jewelry and fashion from 1890 to 1929. Pieces of jewelry worn on “Downton Abbey” will also be on display.
For his work on the show, Prince said it was important to get the jewelry right for each individual character.
“Somebody like Maggie Smith, she was playing someone in their 70s, so she would be wearing jewelry that was 20 or 30 years out of date,” he said. “She wouldn’t be wearing bang-up, to-date modern jewelry. READ MORE…
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