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Assouline Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger
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Recognized as one of the world’s foremost collections, Barbara Berger’s costume jewelry portfolio features many of what are considered the twentieth century’s most significant designs. Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger highlights over 200 beautiful and noteworthy examples from her more than 4,000 pieces. From legendary couturiers such as Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Valentino to contemporary designers including Daniel Von Weinberger, Iradj Moini, and Kenneth Jay Lane, this title presents the jewelry of over 60 designers, many of whom are among the industry’s most revered names. Published in conjunction with the Museum of Arts & Design’s Bedazzled exhibition, this book is the first definitive title on Barbara Berger’s costume jewelry anthology to date. With original photography and an informative text written by leading expert Harrice Simons Miller, Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger is the ultimate accessory for jewelry aficionados and fashionistas alike.
Barbara Berger was born in New York City in 1942. At the age of 13 she began acquiring costume jewelry, when she purchased a pair of Chanel earrings at a Paris flea market. Today, her collection features over 4,000 pieces and is still growing. Several exhibitions have been devoted to her collection, including Barbara Berger Collection: Bijoux at the 1987 New York Antique Show; Trop: Bijoux fantaisies, collections Barbara Berger at the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris (2004); and Colección de Colecciones at the Museo MODO in Mexico City (2011). She currently resides in Mexico City with her husband, Mauricio.