Today it was announced by Van Cleef & Arpels that a diamond, platinum, and white gold diadème (french spelling) will have a role in the greatly anticipated film, MIRROR MIRROR. Created in 1976, this remarkably lovely jewel boasts one 144 diamonds totaling 77.34 carats. The head piece was on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum exhibition “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” in New York in 2011. Rumor has it that the diadem may also have been worn by Princess Grace of Monaco for Princess Caroline’s pre-wedding ball in 1978. There is a terrific article by Eric Wilson in today’s NYT about the costumes for the movie designed by Eiko Ishioka, who died this past January. Her work influenced fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, and Victor and Rolf. This isn’t a first movie credit for the venerable jewelry house, they also contributed to bringing the Duchess of Windsor to the party in her famous zip necklace in THE KING’S SPEECH.
March 29th, 2012