Vintage costume jewellery has moved from the niche to the mainstream within the collecting world. For this rise to prominence we can thank influential experts, such as Judith Miller, for their singular publications on this subject. We can credit TV programmes, such as Mad Men, with igniting a nostalgia for dress from the past; we can be grateful to fashion magazines, such as Vogue, for incorporating the archives of designer brands into their shoots; and we can applaud personalities, such as Iris Apfel, for showing us how to wear with are!
Early plastics are an aspect of the vintage costume jewellery world that have become especially popular and it’s easy to understand why. Plastic jewellery provides an excellent window into the past. Pieces are highly evocative of the social climates that prevailed at the time of their manufacture and, therefore, cater for our desire to learn more about the last century
Read more in Issue 36