The Art of Movement Van Cleef & Arpels – The Design Museum, London.–2022

“Featuring almost a hundred creations from its patrimonial collection, numerous archive documents and lender masterpieces, the visitor’s journey is divided into four themes: Nature Alive, Dance, Elegance and Abstract Movements. Each section highlights a facet of movement explored by the Maison since its foundation in 1906.Whether figurative or stylised, the Maison’s flora and fauna-inspired creations bear witness to its taste for living nature. 

Dreamlike fairies flit across the sky, filling the air with poetry. Floating on a precious breeze, golden feathers alight on shoulders, Mystery Set flowers blossom on jacket lapels, or prepare to bloom on day or evening dresses.Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has drawn boundless inspiration from the world of dance, an art whose medium of expression is movement. The very specific bond between the Maison and this universe dates back to the 1920s. 

Ever since, dance has constantly imparted an aura of poetry and a graceful flair into Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations. Ever since its foundation in 1906 in Paris’ Place Vendôme, Van Cleef & Arpels has drawn inspiration from the world of couture both in the pursuit of realism and in the desire to accompany elegant women over the decades. One of the specificities of these jewels is the ability to transform to match different outfits such as the Zip necklace, which can turn into a bracelet.”

Museum: The Design Museum in London

Scenography by Faire: Jean Baptiste Auvray

Lighting Designer: Valérie Bodier

Mounting: Aïnu

Video: Jerome Monnot

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