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PALOMA PI­CASSO

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JEW­ELLERY DE­SIGNER

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

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