A creative who will be remembered for her iconic jewelry
Italian jewelry designer, philanthropist, and former model Elsa Peretti, known worldwide for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co., as well as her previous modeling career in the fashion industry at the time of Studio 54, died at The 80-year-old while she slept this Thursday night, according to the specialized media WWD without revealing more details of the death.
Born on May 1, 1940, Elsa Perretti first ventured into the world of fashion as a model in Barcelona, Spain, in the early 1960s, then moved to New York at the end of that decade and signed with the Wilhelmina modeling agency. , which made the early 70s a favorite of American designer Halston, along with Anjelica Huston and Pat Cleveland.
Despite having begun her career as a model, the passion of Elsa Peretti was always the jewels, so at the same time modeling, also designing jewelry for famous designers of the time like Giorgio di Sant ‘Angelo in 1969 and Halston in 1971, the year she won the Coty Award for jewelry design, and in 1972 Bloomingdale’s department store opened a space dedicated to her collection.
In 1974, Elsa Peretti signed a contract with the American jewelry brand Tiffany & Co., and her designs quickly became a central part of the brand’s iconic offering, so much so that at one point, it represented as much as 10% of your income. Her pieces for Tiffany are in the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
The book Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design (2008) by John Lorning, devotes 18 pages only to jewelry and tableware conceived by Elsa Peretti. In addition, from her career as a model and designer, she dedicated herself to the restoration of the town of Sant Martí Vell in Catalonia, Spain, and through her homonymous Foundation, she supported various environmental, cultural, social, and artistic causes.