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Extended Exhibition Run for Bijoux-Bijoux! Costume Jewellery from Chanel to Dior and Expanded Education Programme


Due to audience demand, the special exhibition Bijoux-Bijoux! Costume Jewellery from Chanel to Dior is being extended to Sunday, 3 March 2019. The exhibition education programme is also being expanded.

Since 13 October 2018 the Kunstgewerbemuseum has been showcasing masterpieces of costume jewellery dating from 1930 to 2007. Beginning with the relatively sober styles of the late 1920s and early 1930s and the playful creations of Miriam Haskell, the exhibition draws a connection to the audacious and sumptuous parures of the present. Around 500 objects from the Gisela Wiegert Collection can now be seen in Berlin for the very first time – all of them celebrated designs from major fashion houses and renowned designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and William de Lillo. The pieces are on loan from Gisela Wiegert, one of the most prominent German collectors of costume jewellery. Wiegert has been passionately and knowledgeably collecting high-quality costume jewellery for over 30 years, and has generously provided the most significant and beautiful pieces of her opulent collection to the Kunstgewerbemuseum for the exhibition.

The show is formed of two parts. A walk around the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s Fashion Gallery vividly demonstrates the reciprocal influences between jewellery and high fashion. Featuring works by Coco Chanel, Coppola and Toppo, Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Kenneth J. Lane, William de Lillo, Pricharé, Trifari, and, more recently, Elsa Schiaparelli, Vendôme and Albert Weiss, the display presents a survey of costume jewellery and its evolution in Europe and the USA from 1930 until today. The second part of the exhibition is dedicated exclusively to the creations of the House of Dior and features, decade by decade, brilliant parures from the mid-fifties to 2007.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue: ISBN 978-3-00-060911-4, €19.50.

Additional tours are taking place during the extended exhibition season:

  • Thursday, 31 January 2019, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 21 February 2019, 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Attendance fee: €4 plus entrance fee

Participant numbers are limited. Tickets can be booked via and picked up from the museum ticket desk on the day of the tour.