History of the buckle between Fashion and Jewellery (1700-1950)


Milan, Italy – A rich and exciting story about the buckle, a functional and indispensable jewel a complement to the best outfits since ancient times and still used today by the most important fashion houses.
A careful study that weaves costume, art and jewelry to trace a new visual path and research showing how the buckles – shoe, belt, pants, coat, hat, etc.. – over the centuries have been fundamental indicators of social status, attentive spies of changes in taste, always in step with aesthetic, technological and material innovations.
A precious volume thanks to the selection of buckles from the Pennasilico collection, one of the most important in the world, and an iconographic research rich in portraits and illustrations of the time that contextualize this object in the dress and on the body, testifying to the evolution of fashion from a new point of view.
An indispensable tool for all professionals and for fans, designers and collectors of fashion, art, jewelry and accessories.

Bianca Cappello, historian and critic of jewellery, is a teacher, coordinator and curator of conferences and seminars on the History of Jewellery, an activity she completes with publications on this subject. He is curator of exhibitions for museums and public bodies and curatorial consultant of museum collections. For the publishing house Skira has also published: Storia della Bigiotteria Italiana (2016), Il Gioiello nel Sistema Moda. History, Design, Production (2017), Precious Paper. The design of paper jewellery (2017). He lives in Milan.
Samuele Magri, art and fashion historian, lecturer at IED Milan and for various
Florentine institutions, speaker of meetings and events on these issues. He lives in Florence.



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