Join instructor Kendra Pariseault for an exploration of jewelry design techniques, fashion trends, and style influencers from 1880 until now. Students in this course will learn about the couture jewelry of the past and today, and discuss the social and political climates which influence trends in materials, design motifs, and usage of stones. We’ll discuss the royal families, design houses, and fashions that made Europe the leader in high jewelry, and will progress to examine how these elements spread internationally in the 20th century. The main design periods we will study are the Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Retro, Modern and Contemporary. Students will learn to identify the major fashion houses and recognize each period’s design elements.

This lecture course will include optional excursion to New York City’s Diamond District, the collections at The Museum of Modern Art, and major design houses and galleries throughout the city.

History of Jewelry Design: Late 19th Century to Present Day
March 5 – April 23
6:30-9:30 PM

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