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Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry

Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry

Floral design pendant. Gold tone metal, enamel, lucite. 1960s. Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry

Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry
Almost a year has passed since the famous French couturier Emanuel Ungaro passed away (December 21, 2019). The founder of the fashion house Emanuel Ungaro, a student of Balenciaga, an adherent of sensual fashion and one of the favorite couturiers of Catherine Deneuve and Jacqueline Kennedy, was also the author of designer costume jewelry.
Many celebrities, TV presenters, judges and simply fashionable women wore his jewelry, wanting to emphasize their style.
The Ungaro family moved from Italy to southern France shortly before the birth of Emanuel (the second of six children), in 1933, fleeing the fascist regime of Mussolini. His father was a tailor, so the boy helped in the atelier from childhood, and received his first sewing skills. At 22, young Ungaro moved to Paris, and three years later, in 1958, he became a student of Cristobal Balenciaga, one of the main stars of the fashion world in Paris (and around the world) of that time.

Green cabochon oval shaped gold tone brooch

Green cabochon oval shaped gold tone brooch

Opening his fashion house in 1965, Ungaro declared that he would “design clothes for women of this era.” Emanuel Ungaro’s popularity peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, with the opening of a boutique in New York in 1977. Along with the clothing, he designed accessories and, in particular, costume jewelry. Made with high quality, using the best materials, this jewelry has become collectible now. Traditionally, the designer used gold filling, cabochons, faux pearls and enamel.

1980s perfume bottle pins. Gold plated metal, enamel

1980s perfume bottle pins. Gold plated metal, enamel

Noteworthy, as Ungaro was also the maker of the perfume design, he represented Emanuel Ungaro perfume bottles alongside with brooches and pins. Accordingly, some of these decorations were originally sold with perfume, signed “Perfume Ungaro Paris”.

Made in France Ungaro Paris mark

Made in France Ungaro Paris mark

Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry

1970s Flower brooch. Gold plated, enamel

1970s Flower brooch. Gold plated, enamel

At the beginning of the 2000s, the designer began to retire and by 2004 completely left not only his own fashion house, but also the industry as a whole, declaring that the world of haute couture no longer meets the “expectations of modern women.”

1980s Glitter Fan Brooch. Gold plated, enamel, glass cabochon

1980s Glitter Fan Brooch. Gold plated, enamel, glass cabochon

The house of Emanuel Ungaro will be remembered for the legacy left by its founder in the history of fashion. He spoke of fashion as something, on the one hand, not the most serious, but on the other hand, the vital, that brings us joy, and gives confidence. Now, when the world is shaken by cataclysms and crises, such an attitude to fashion, perhaps, can be called Ungaro’s main legacy, along with dresses in the collections of world museums and costume jewelry, which is collectible.

Amber color cabochon faux pearls gold tone earrings

Amber color cabochon faux pearls gold tone earrings

Ball shaped 18 kt Gold Plated Textured Earrings

Ball shaped 18 kt Gold Plated Textured Earrings

Bird brooch. Gold tone, Red, green and blue enamel

Bird brooch. Gold tone, Red, green and blue enamel

Carved plastic gold tone brooch

Carved plastic gold tone brooch

Enameled heart shaped gold tone earrings

Enameled heart shaped gold tone earrings

Fish brooch with glass charms. Gold plated metal. 1970s

Fish brooch with glass charms. Gold plated metal. 1970s

Gold rose clip-on earrings

Gold rose clip-on earrings

Green cabochon heart shaped gold filled clips. 4 cm

Green cabochon heart shaped gold filled clips. 4 cm

Heart shaped gold tone clip on earrings

Heart shaped gold tone clip on earrings

Logo pin. Gold plated, rhinestones

Logo pin. Gold plated, rhinestones

Multicolor enamel, art glass, gold tone metal. 1980s

Multicolor enamel, art glass, gold tone metal. 1980s

Red heart shaped gold filled clips. 4 cm

Red heart shaped gold filled clips. 4 cm

Rose design bracelet of gold tone

Rose design bracelet of gold tone

Round shaped textured gold tone metal earrings

Round shaped textured gold tone metal earrings

Set of necklace, bracelet and clips. 1980s. Gold tone

Set of necklace, bracelet and clips. 1980s. Gold tone

U design openwork Bangle bracelet of gold tone

U design openwork Bangle bracelet of gold tone

Initials EU Paris stamped

Initials EU Paris stamped