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The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, Fashion and Jewellery design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum

18 April 2014

Author : reba

Emmy van Leersum.

The Stedelijk Museum presents The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum. The exhibition is based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bakker (1942) and Emmy van Leersum (1930–1984) in 1967.

In the late 1960s, Bakker and Van Leersum, both trained jewellery designers and artists, created a furor with their avant-garde jewellery and clothing that fused fashion, design, and art. Two one-off events and numerous exhibitions brought Gijs and Emmy international recognition in the world of 1960s jewellery design and sparked a true revolution. Bakker and Van Leersum’s breakthrough came in 1967 when they presented their vision of a total concept of fashion and jewellery with a spectacular show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The show was the opening event of the exhibition Edelsmeden 3.

The couple rejected the refined use of precious metals usually found in haute couture and the common folk aesthetic of handcrafted jewellery, and instead deployed everyday materials such as aluminum and nylon as the basis for oversized, geometric body adornments that combined elements of fashion, pop art and design. There is something incredibly forward thinking in the jewellery that they created, at a first glimpse its easy to label these designs as products simply of that design movement but their scale and complexity stands them apart from anything else happening at the time in terms of the history of jewellery design.

The most famous item of jewelry featured in the show is undoubtedly Bakker’s Stovepipe Necklace (with matching bracelet), now an icon of Dutch design. Bakker was the first designer to create a piece of jewelry of such audacity and on such a scale. It was a provocation.

Find out more about the exhibition here

22 Feb – 24 Aug 2014



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