Soon after she purchased a pair of Chanel earrings in a Paris flea market at the age of 13, Barbara Berger began collecting costume jewelry. An exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in Manhattan displays her extensive collection of work by noted designers such as Christian Dior, Oscar Del La Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel, amongst others. The exhibit is a reflection of the book Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger, an anthology of her journey through the jewelry design industry, and will appeal to art connoisseurs, fashion connoisseurs and jewelry enthusiasts alike.
On the second floor of the MAD museum, the exhibit holds gaudy, couture embellishments. Some of the pieces on display include a dancing bear brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli (1930), a body jewel made by Heaven Tanudiredja (2012), and a Chanel necklace (1985). Also exhibited are many wall pieces made by designers for opera performers and eclectic body and head jewels perfected by Dries Van Noten. The exhibit will be up at the MAD museum in Columbus Circle until April 20th. Be sure to stop by and fall in love.