I hope it brings good things for everyone. For those of you who could use last minute ideas for holiday gifts, I would strongly suggest a beautiful book. For me, there is no better way to spend an early cold or snowy morning than with a cup of hot chocolate (homemade with milk, Dutch-process cocoa, a dash of vanilla, and brown sugar) and page upon page of gorgeous photography or inspired writing. Here are several considerations:
1. Georgian Jewelry by Ginny Redington Dawes and Olivia Collings—a masterwork of images. This is the eighteenth– into early nineteenth century jewelry when every piece was created by hand. All of it is truly breathtaking. This is the first full-length exploration of the subject and it is done superbly.
2. The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake—A talebearing and captivating narrative detailing the 1970s Paris fashion landscape when Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld held court. This is great for those nights when you cannot bear to watch another rerun on tv.
3. Understanding Jewelry by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti—This book is a wonderful survey of period jewelry and should be in every collector’s private library whether they are a novice or connoisseur. This is one of those indispensable references.
4. Of course there is my book, Brooches: Timeless Adornment, if your intended recipient is patient. It will be released in April and it can be pre-ordered on amazon.com . However, I do understand that gift-giving does have an expiration date and so there are two more I can recommend.
5. An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry by Harold Newman. This too is a wonderful reference book and explains the origins of different types of adornment and its uses.
6. Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture by Florence Muller. Just a fabulous look at how fashion designers adapt jewelry to their own aesthetic and creative vision. This is a good choice for those whose love of fashion extends to accessories.
I will be off on holiday with my family until the new year and so no more posts until then. If if my college-age son will permit me the use of his sacred laptop, I might take a minute or two to post a comment on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit, Blogmode: Addressing Fashion. This a fascinating installation and one in which everybody can participate, so please, if you have a quiet moment, take the time to enjoy those glorious images. Be sure to remark about them before you move on—the curators welcome your thoughts!
I would like to send my very best to all of you who read my blog, which is in every way, a labor of love.