Swarovksi embellished gloves; Van Kleef & Arpels diamond earrings and Chanel Cosmos diamond ring / ©Joel Benjamin
Michelle Finamore has delved into the historic depths of Tiina Smith’s extensive collection to curate an exhibition of high fashion couture and accompanying jewels / ©Tiina Smith Jewelry
Unlike museum exhibitions where jewelry must be viewed at a removed distance behind restrictive glass casing, many of the pieces in Jewelry as Fashion as Jewelry are displayed on full-length mannequins, inviting visitors to inspect every angle. This level of intimacy allows the jewels to comes to life; rather than appearing stationary and one dimensional, it’s possible to imagine how they would have looked when originally worn.
Jewelry as Fashion as Jewelry is the first exhibition Michelle Finamore has curated since leaving Boston Museum of Fine Art, where she worked as the Penny Vinik curator of fashion arts. Here, she elevated the museum’s international profile through groundbreaking exhibitions such as Gender Bending Fashion, which examined how fashion has challenged the gender binary throughout the last century.
With Covid-19 continuing to limit in-person events and gallery viewings, Tiina Smith Jewelry has ensured the exhibition is available to jewelry enthusiasts across the world with virtual viewing opportunities available online.
Jewelry as Fashion as Jewelry is on display until November 30th 2020 at Tiina Smith Jewelry, 121 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116.