BACKGROUND Born in 1949 to legendary artist Pablo Picasso and Françoise gilot, Paloma Picasso grew up in Paris and the south of France surrounded by some of the period’s most influential artists and intellectuals. After graduating from the University of Paris, she became a costume designer and stylist for avant-garde production houses in Paris.
PURSUING JEWELLERY It was by chance Picasso got into jewellery designing. On one of her productions, she was forced to create necklaces out of gem-set bikinis. This moment of improvisation got the attention of theatre critics and encouraged her to study jewellery design. Picasso later presented her designs to a friend, who happened to be Yves Saint Laurent, and he immediately commissioned her to design jewellery to complement his collections. Picasso would later design for the greek jewellery house Zolotas, where she honed her skills.
designing FOR TIFFANY & CO After a five-year hiatus following her father’s death, Picasso met John Loring, then the design director of Tiffany & Co. A year later, the brand launched Picasso’s first exclusive jewellery collection, which was instantly embraced for its innovative graffiti shapes, bold scales and brilliant colour contrasts. It was the start of a remarkably fruitful relationship that continues to this day. Picasso’s Olive Leaf collection for Tiffany & Co is inspired by the olive grove in her garden in Marrakech