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FROM DOWNTON TO GATSBY, JEWELLERY AND FASHION 1890 – 1929 Andrew Prince Monday 14 January 2019

This lecture looks at the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, when the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. It discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and how they were worn with the sumptuous gowns.

Some specially made pieces from the series Downton Abbey will be available to view close-up.


Andrew Prince’s appreciation for jewels that were valued for their quality of design and craftsmanship, rather than for how much the stones in the piece were worth, began with Ian Harris and continued with the renowned contemporary jeweller Elizabeth Gage. Private commissions for celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Shirley Bassey followed. In 2002, the V&A commissioned a collection of jewels for the Tiaras, Past and Present exhibition, which became one of their most popular exhibits. The exposure gained by the show then led to Andrew's jewellery appearing in films and in the third series of Downton Abbey.