nationaljeweler– The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has launched a series of discussions between jewelry designers and style arbiters.
The free virtual events are part of the museum’s “MAD About Jewelry” initiative.
They provide a showcase for designers to chat about their creative processes and for jewelry lovers to digitally visit their ateliers, plus purchase works from them directly.
Last week, the series kicked off with Dame Zandra Rhodes in conversation with eccentric, whimsical artist and jeweler Andrew Logan. He crafts bold, child-like wearable art in the form of colorful glass, resin, metal, and glitter brooches and earrings.
This week, on Thursday, July 15 at 5 p.m. EDT, journalist and historian Amy Fine Collins will speak with iconoclastic contemporary designer Elie Top.
Top was the jewelry designer for Lanvin under the direction of late creative director Alber Elbaz and was the last official assistant to Yves Saint Laurent.
Top’s eponymous line features celestial and medieval inspirations, translated into unique works of art that are unlike any of his contemporaries.
On Thursday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. EDT, iconic journalist Lynn Yaeger, who is a frequent Vogue contributor, will be in conversation with EN Jewelry Studio’s Malu Byrne and Rick Van Streain Low.
Byrne and Lowe cut their teeth working with jewelry artists like Gabriella Kiss and Jill Platner.
Their own line celebrates the beauty and color of gemstones. EN Studio highlights simple forms that would be as at home in a woman’s jewelry box today as they would be in antiquity.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, with timing to be announced, Tiffany Dubin of Sotheby’s, who authored “Vintage Style,” will host a talk with the ever-colorful Marie-Hélène de Taillac.
The two will delve into de Taillac’s global array of inspirations that have informed the designer’s signature style.