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Jaсques Esterel vintage costume jewelry

Daisy brooch from the collection 'Summer'. Czech beads, faceted beads, swarovski crystals, Japanese beads, crystal ribbon, strass chain. 7cmJaсques Esterel vintage costume jewelry

Haute Couture brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, enamel. 1980s. Jaсques Esterel vintage costume jewelry

Jaсques Esterel vintage costume jewelry
The name of Jacques Esterel (June 5, 1917 – April 14, 1974) is almost forgotten today. However, in the arsenal of this fashion designer of the 50-60s there was everything from the first bald model in history to the uniform for the French Olympic team. Also, from showing a unisex style with men’s skirts to the iconic Bridget Bardot wedding dress. The world of the designer was the world of fashion, show business and cinema. Jacques Esterel once dressed Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Liz Taylor, Claudia Cardinale, Michelle Morgan, Francoise Hardy and many other celebrities.
According to critics, for him, fashion was first of all an entertainment, a game. However, he also made fashion for everyone to be accessible to all women. So, in addition to clothes he created accessories and designed Haute couture costume jewelry. Traditionally, his jewelry pieces are made of gold tone metal and enamel, and have a distinctive marking on the back side.

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Esterel

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Esterel

He composed songs, wrote plays, patented 39 inventions, received an award for his song in 1956, played in four films and created costumes for 32 films. This is Jacques Esterel who made for Bridget Bardot her world-famous wedding dress in a pink and white check!

Abstract design round brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, 4 cm. 1970s

Abstract design round brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, 4 cm. 1970s

It was Jacques Esterel who was the first, in 1959, to come up with a “fashion show”, inviting celebrities to defy in his outfits to jazz and sensory music. He turned the boring fashion shows into real performances.

Cherubin Earrings. Gold and bronze tone, engraving

Cherubin Earrings. Gold and bronze tone, engraving

And he, in spite of criticism from the famous colleagues, entered the alliance of “Haute couture” – “Big shops”. Besides, he was the first to open a corner in the Lafayette gallery to make fashion accessible to everyone.

Curl maze shaped brooch. Bronze tone metal, citrine color cabochons inserts

Curl maze shaped brooch. Bronze tone metal, citrine color cabochons inserts

Against his will, Jacques Esterel was among the most original and creative couturiers, such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel, Balenciaga, Lanvin …. Imagination, originality, lightness, inspiration, poetry and light humor have become, and still remain, hallmarks of the style of Jacques Esterel.

Dangle earrings. Gold tone metal, lucite

Dangle earrings. Gold tone metal, lucite

Jaсques Esterel vintage costume jewelry

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel

Flower stick pin. Gold textured metal

Flower stick pin. Gold textured metal

Magic curl brooch. Jewelry alloy brushed gold. 6 cm

Magic curl brooch. Jewelry alloy brushed gold. 6 cm

Matte gold tone metal, clip on earrings. 5 cm. 1970s

Matte gold tone metal, clip on earrings. 5 cm. 1970s

'Metal poem' pendant. 1971

‘Metal poem’ pendant. 1971

Mirror shaped stick pin. Textured gold tone metal, plastic

Mirror shaped stick pin. Textured gold tone metal, plastic

Openwork heart, formed in ribbon style. Textured metal of gold tone

Openwork heart, formed in ribbon style. Textured metal of gold tone

Pearl clips. Gold tone metal, faux pearl. 2,4 cm, 1960s

Pearl clips. Gold tone metal, faux pearl. 2,4 cm, 1960s

Rope and circle shaped brooch pin. Textured gold tone metal

Rope and circle shaped brooch pin. Textured gold tone metal

Sunburst brooch pin. Ancient gold tone

Sunburst brooch pin. Ancient gold tone

Signature

Signature

Marked Jacques Esterel Made in France

Marked Jacques Esterel Made in France