The Body Transformed

Part 1

Mourning sword , British, ca 1790

Material:steel and textile

Mourning sword is the gift of Jean Jacques in memory of his mother.

 

I first noticed this object is that i cannot decide it is a jewelry or a weapon. From the form, it should be a weapon but the handle that engraved with texture looks so exquisite that you have to defined as a piece of jewelry. If i am inside the glass box , i will hold as a knight and look at it carefully. This item is designed for the people who attended to mourning, and that person had to be in a formal dress.

 

 

 

 

 

Gold and amethyst larger with tiara earrings,necklace,brooch, and bracelets.

Franch,Paris ,ca.1830

Material: gold,amethysts

 

The collection of jewelry was belonged to Michael Friedsam. I chose this one because it has the whole set includes earring, necklace,brooch and even the bracelets. Wearing the same necklace and earring is normal, but I haven’t seen who wears the same brooch and bracelet. It is not difficult to image how beautiful it will be.   It machtes the traditional western aesthetic and transforms the person who wear it to a elegant, beautiful body.

Headdress with Phoenixs

China

Material:gold

16th-17th

The object is very well-made and meticulously. It has many details. There is no function of this jewelry but the queen of that period worn this on ceremony. If i can be the inside, i will try them on my head. I guess it is not that heavy but fragilble.  This jewelry has a beautiful name “headdress”, as its name, people put them on hair piece by piece. It shows the beauty of  a queen and the dignify of the royal family.

 

 

 

Yashmak

summer 2000

Airtist: Shaun Leanne

Material:Akuminum and Swarovski Crystal

 

Yashmak is made by Shaun Leanne for Alexander Mcqueen’s Fashion show. This is a armour but it made with crystal and  exquisite craft. I noticed that because the whole piece is so big. It covers the whole body which means clothing and jewelry can work in one. The topic of that show is “savage beauty”, i saw the picture of the model and i got what he means by “savage beauty”. The model was in this jewelry piece with a long dress. The armor means “diying”but the dress means “living”, the model was like a warrior.

 

 

 

 

 

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