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Designing Fashion for Jewellery – Not the Other Way Round

By Guan Tan

On synchronising her photography with the jewellery-fashion collaboration, Valérie Belin explains,
 
Valérie Belin
On synchronising her photography with the jewellery-fashion collaboration, Valérie Belin explains, "It underlines the play of superimpositions that Gaspard Yurkievich has devised to accompany the intensity of onyx. So I created a black-and-white image in a mirror layout, with two images reversed in an interplay of positive and negative. Midway between a portrait and a still life, it explores the boundaries between reality and illusion.”

Fashion and jewellery have a causal relationship. There's usually a focal point and an afterthought. The relationship is quite like how frames can be at one with the paintings they house, or strikingly disconnected and separate. It only makes sense that jewellery – necklaces and bracelets should synchronise with the clothes too. 

In a collaboration with Dover Street Market, French fashion designer Gaspard Yurkievich played with lights and shadows, transparency and opacity in his dresses. And all that serves as a soft backdrop for the jewellery pieces in question. The necklaces and bracelets were from the esteemed Parisian house, Van Cleef & Arpels' Vintage Alhambra, or the four-leaf clover collection – perfectly black and centred in the middle of the outfit as the colour intensity gradually fades out into the background. 

Gaspard YurkievichThe three designs Yurkievich created for Van Cleef & Arpel's  Alhambra necklaces and bracelets.
The three designs Yurkievich created for Van Cleef & Arpel's Alhambra necklaces and bracelets.

"I wanted to pay homage to the Alhambra collection by placing it inside an artistic environment that offers the icon a new interpretation. I like the energy produced by this type of encounter," the designer explains. 

Gaspard's designs upturn the conventional flow in the fashion industry, where jewellery is often made the subsidiary. In most cases, jewellery made this way are jarring, look out of place, and are detached from the clothes. Yet, when the clothes are designed for, or alongside the accessories, the results are beautiful – a continuous, uninterrupted silhouette. 

Gaspard Yurkievich's dresses are available at Dover Street Market Singapore, from 30th November to 22nd December 2017.