REPOSSI UNVEILS AN ARTISTIC COLLABORATION INSPIRED BY ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE’S JEWELRY
Robert Mapplethorpe is an artist longtime admired by Gaia, due to his talent and creativity as seen in his jewelry pieces based on “ready-mades and found objects”. Gaia reinvents his works with the excellence, know-how and craftsmanship of Place Vendôme, but with a new twist. It was important to Gaia to remain as faithful as possible to the spirit of Mapplethorpe’s original creations, including the use of patinated rather than polished gold, creating the most daring collection Gaia Repossi has ever wanted to create.
The intensive research and creative process was informed by Mapplethorpe’s entire body of work where Gaia found inspiration in both New York at the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and in Los Angeles at the Getty Research Institute’s Mapplethorpe Archive.
Gaia’s strong artistic vision for this collaboration was supported by the know-how of Repossi’s workshops. Months of study and exchange were necessary to develop 15 designs of which only eight will be presented this year, each with a high level of detail and real technical complexity. All the elements were shaped, assembled, set, and polished by hand, in France or in Italy, respecting the codes of the jewelry tradition and Place Vendôme excellence.
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