July 12, 2012

paloma picasso for tiffany & co.

the youngest daughter of 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso and painter and writer Fran├žoise Gilot.
Paloma literally means "dove" in Spanish. Paloma Picasso is represented in many of her father's works, such as Paloma with an Orange and Paloma in Blue.
known professionally as Paloma Picasso, she is a French/Spanish fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co. and her signature perfumes.
Paloma Picasso's jewelry career began in 1968, when she was a costume designer in Paris. Some rhinestone necklaces she had created from stones purchased at flea markets drew attention from critics, and encouraged by this early success, the designer pursued formal schooling in jewelry design. A year later, Ms. Picasso presented her first efforts to her friend, famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who immediately commissioned her to design accessories to accompany one of his collections. By 1971 she was working for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas.
In 1980 Picasso began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. of New York. Her early creations mixed color and varying gemstones in bold designs, which were instantly embraced for their innovative "graffiti" shapes, grand scale, and brilliant colors. She has long used the dove symbol and the color red as signatures of her work.