Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cartier: Le Style et L'Histoire

One of the biggest treats during my last trip to Paris was attending the preview of Cartier: Le Style et L'Histoire exhibition at the Grand Palais. I think we all know Cartier for their Love bracelets and chic watches but you will be amazed at the breadth of the 600 pieces of jewelry, objects, watches, clocks that are displayed in context with dresses, advertisements, photos, engravings, and even magazines. I was especially proud to see many American patrons represented such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, Barbara Hutton, and Elizabeth Taylor mixed in among the queens and princesses. You may think that I've shown you everything in the exhibit in this post but this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Every time I thought I saw the most beautiful and glittering piece possible, I would turn a corner and see something even more breathtaking.  I encourage those of you in Paris to attend Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off and even the couture shows to make time for this once in a lifetime exhibition. 

Grand Palais
Salon d'Honneur
21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
75008 Paris, France
On view until 16 February 2014

The beautiful Queen Maria of Romania and her Cartier tiara.







The chicest sewing accessories I've ever seen! 





The wall of watches. 











The necklace that made my jaw drop!




Make sure you look up at the light show. 





Marlene Dietrich and her chic gold Cartier jewelry. 

Majorie Merriweather Post


Marjorie and Deenie


Loved this video of Elizabeth Taylor receiving a diamond and ruby Cartier necklace next to a pool. The actual necklace is below. 


Ac Cartier broach lent to the exhibition by Queen Elizabeth II.

Cartier jewels belonging to Princess Grace of Monaco. 

Sword designed by Jean Cocteau and fabricated by Cartier





Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chcic

9 comments:

Chatham Ivy said...

A beautiful post. I look forward to more from France when you relocate!

always chic said...

WOW!!! CHIC CHIC CHIC...

BRASWELL said...

this is such a great post + great photos. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Suzanne Lawrence said...

Amazing colour and history. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

Miss Sophisticate said...

Well, it's true when they say diamonds are a girl's best friend...*drooling*

Karena Albert said...

Heather these jewels are equisite beyond!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Kenisa Home said...

Reminds me of the great fabric houses of Paris - Tassinari & Chatel, - famous gold threads found in Le Chateau Versailles - exquisite fabrics to pair with exquisite jewelry

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I've always loved the Tutti fruitti pieces that you show a few of -such color and style.
My apartment is very close to Hillwood, the museum of Marjorie Post's house, and the jewelry they have on rotating display (which typically alwo includes these pieces) is just stunning.

Tish said...

My if those jewels could talk...

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