A two-day conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
Oct. 7-8, 2006

A kingfisher feather hair ornament with branch coral
carnelian and a green stone, possibly jade.
circa 1900

About six years ago, after studying jewelry history for more than thirty years, Elyse Zorn Karlin realized there wasn’t a single subscription publication in the United States devoted to the study of jewelry. She envisioned a journal that would discuss all aspects and periods of jewelry from ancient to antique as well as period jewelry, costume jewelry and
contemporary studio jewelry. She also saw the need to report on objects of precious materials  and most importantly on historic costume. As a student and teacher of jewelry history she has long known that the study of costume and jewelry go hand in hand...that they are inextricably bound up in connected history.

The histories of both jewelry and costume are influenced by numerous factors--climate, available materials, tradition, world events, technology, and much more. But jewelry takes its lead from dress--it is designed to be worn with the clothing styles of its time. It is is an ornament and adornment for the wearer which is closely related to the clothes chosen by the wearer.

Adornment, the Newsletter of Jewelry and Related Arts, is sponsoring a conference on this subject to celebrate its sixth year of publication. The conference will be a gathering of scholars, collectors, curators, appraisers and anyone who loves historic costume and jewelry. We will spend two exciting days exploring this fascinating and intimate relationship. Woven in Time: The Intimate Relationship Between Costume  and Jewelry will be held October 7-8 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City.

While much has been written on costume and the various jewelry styles, less is known about the social and cultural milieu in which ornaments are created and worn. The upcoming conference is an attempt to examine this complex aspect of jewelry, drawing on recent research and insights into the various ways in which jewelry and dress complement each other.

 Illustration from George Frederick Kunz
 "The Book of the Pearl: the History, Art, Science and Industry of the Queen of Gems "
(with Charles Stevenson. New York: The Century Company, 1908, pg. 36.)

Other factors, influencing jewelry forms and design, such as the availability of materials, social mores, and advances in technology, will also be considered.

The conference will feature two full days of lectures and discussions held over Columbus Day weekend. The conference will held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in the heart of New York’s garment district. The Costume and Textile History Gallery at the F.I.T. Museum will be open during the conference.

Conference speakers will include:

Laura Vookles, curator, Hudson RIver Museum
Aimee Newell, curator, Sturbridge Village
Yvonne Markowitz, research fellow, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Jeannine
Falino, independent museum curator
Elyse Zorn Karlin, author and publisher of Adornment
Clare Sauro, curator, F.I.T. museum
Gloria Lieberman, Jewelry Department, V.P., Skinner, Inc.
Gail Brett Levine, director, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers Chris
Geary, curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
James LiBuono, company historian, Jacques Costume Jewelry, Inc.
Deborah Davis, author.

Seating is limited and reservations are being accepted.

To receive a brochure call (914) 636-3784 or  email: ekarlin@usa.net or  write to: Adornment, the Newsletter of Jewelry & Related Arts, #122, 1333A North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

Details about the conference can be found at www.jewelryandrelatedarts.com


Article by Elyse Karlin
Photos courtesy of Elyse Karlin
Web design by Marbeth Schon

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