Brooch On the eve of her museum exhibition and Fashion Jewelry book launch with Assouline, Barbara Berger reveals her collecting tips.
By Christine Whitney.
HOW TO GET STARTED I was always drawn to the fantasy of costume, and I've been collecting since I was 13. A lot of people collect maybe three or four designers, but my collection includes 80. It's very personal and rather baroque-the pieces are quite major. I have a structural metal necklace from Pierre Cardin, a big collar that goes all the way down to the belly button. Another favorite is Imprisoned in Fluo, the Daniel Von Weinberger necklace on the cover of my book. It's made of plastic elements, like 1960s orchid hearts from Italy and glow-in-the-dark frogs.
WHAT TO COLLECT I've been collecting Iradj Moini since the '80s; I have about 500 pieces. Robert Sorrell, Larry Vrba, and David Mandel are other top designers today-they do amazing things without copying the old. All the fashion houses do costume jewelry, and if it's Read More »from How to Collect Costume Jewelry