Carol Woolton presents a history of jewellery and fashion design.
Vogue jewellery editor Carol Woolton spoke at London Jewellery Week yesterday as part of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Days of Knowledge.
The morning event took place within the grandeur of the Goldsmiths’ Hall, with more than 30 guests attending the session in which Woolton talked about the influence of fashion on jewellery, and how jewellery design is reflecting fashion trends more than ever.
“For as long as we’ve been wearing clothes we’ve been embellishing ourselves – our ears, necks, wrists”, said Woolton, opening her talk.
She presented three jewellery themes, taken from her book Fashion for Jewels, which was published last year. Focusing on how the fashions of the Belle Epoque, Gothic and Dior-inspired New Look era had influenced jewellery, Woolton presented images of jewellery on a big screen to illustrate her talk.
Designers such as Philippa Holland and Stephen Webster featured, alongside high jewellery houses Cartier and Boucheron. Woolton, who wore a pair of 19th century coral and diamond drop earrings, was then asked questions by the audience, and spoke of her dilemma each morning about what to wear.
“I have lots of pieces by Theo Fennell and Stephen Webster, who are talking later, so I had to make sure I didn’t wear anything by them today so they didn’t battle over it”, she explained with a laugh.
“But I do think about what jewellery I’m going to wear before I get up each morning – much more than I think about the clothes I’m going to wear.”
She spoke of a recent trip to Venice with Paloma Picasso, and how Picasso – who designs collections for Tiffany and is the youngest daughter of Pablo Picasso – wore only plain black trousers and a black sweater. Picasso said to Woolton: “My clothes are a backdrop for my jewellery.”
Woolton then signed copies of her book, chatting with guests about jewellery design.