Ward Landrigan purchased the company in 1984, six years after the duke’s death.
He says, “For thirty years, it’s been my dream to share Verdura’s genius with a wider audience and bring him the recognition he deserves as the single most influential jeweler of the 20th Century. I want people to know this amazing man, who he was and why his work changed everything. Collectors from around the world have readily agreed to lend us their private treasures for three months and many have shared their reminiscences of time spent with Verdura.”
Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera knew Duke Fulco di Verdura who, like them, was internationally known for great taste and personal style. We asked them, together with their daughter Patricia Lansing, to curate the exhibition with a fresh, modern perspective.
Carolina Herrera says, “I am honored to be a part of the exhibition celebrating Verdura’s 75th Anniversary. Fulco di Verdura understood how to create elegant, whimsical pieces, two elements not often found in harmony, and he achieved this with such ease. His jewelry is so beautiful and is an ongoing source of inspiration.”
The Power of Style: Verdura at 75, is to be shown only in New York and will be open to the public from October 14 thru December 23, 2014, Monday thru Friday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays starting November 29 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and will be held at 745 Fifth Avenue in gallery space adjacent to Verdura’s flagship location.