Looks We Love (Chapter One): Mix It Up!
Updated: Jan 6, 2021
In the early 1920’s, French fashion designer Paul Poiret introduced costume jewelry into his collections, giving it a new status in the fashion world, as previously it was only worn by those who could not afford fine jewelry. Fashion designer Coco Chanel went further as a trendsetter as the first designer to feature clothing accessorized with combined faux and fine pieces, introducing what would become one of her most well known signature looks. She had a preference for layering pearls, and would mix multiple strands of faux and natural pearls, completing the look with costume brooches, bracelets and earrings. More recently, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would also mix costume and fine jewelry. A little known fact is that the triple strand pearl necklace that Jackie often wore (and famously wore in an iconic photograph with her young son, John) was in fact a costume pearl necklace.