When I first heard about this book (Gianfranco Ferré ;Under Another Light. Jewels and Ornaments) I was immediately intrigued as I had always solely associated the designer dubbed as the “architect of fashion” with fashion. Little did I know he in fact initially launched his career as a jewellery designer and actually transitioned into fashion several years later. The first designer jumper I ever purchased was a black wool Gianfranco Ferré piece which I cherished for many years 🙂 Growing up my mother was a big fan of his dresses hence why naturally I have always had an interest in his work.
In the book we get a rather detailed account of how jewellery has always played quite a central role throughout Ferré’s career despite not being so known for this. Ferré who studied architecture actually started designing jewellery and accessories for his friends and classmates whilst he was still a student as highlighted in the book. These pieces he designed then caught the eyes of several journalists and were photographed for some speciality magazines. However he eventually started creating clothing and became famously known for that.
This beautiful 276 page book brought to you by Skira Editore features 104 stunning colour illustrations and is the perfect catalogue for statement jewellery lovers such as myself. The high quality photographs feature a range of Ferré‘s many diverse pieces of rings, brooches, belts, necklaces and bracelets which are all absolutely stunning and extremely inspiring to those who appreciate exceptional artistry and workmanship. There is also a breakdown of the materials used for each jewellery piece which ranges from Swarovski crystals, polished shells, retro ceramics, pearls, Murano glass and more.
Presented in conjunction with the Gianfranco Ferré: Under Another Light.Jewels and Ornaments exhibition at Palazzo Madama in Turin, this bilingual luxury paperback book (16.6 x 30 cm) written in both English and Italian is truly a must have for jewellery designers and fashion lovers.
Edited by Director of the Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré. Rita Airaghi
Artistic Direction by Vogue Italia art director Luca Stoppini