From a holy and ultra-fashionable mix of inspiration on the Met Gala red carpet to the sublime gold arts that has flourished in the shadow of Saint Peter.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018,
by Lorenza Scalisi
Percossi Papi's earrings
There is no denying it. The Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination show, which opened yesterday at the Met in New York allowed many stars of the jet set to don extravagant outfits, to say the least, during the exclusive Met Gala Monday night, complete with tiaras and accessories of all types with a religious, even ecclesiastic feel. One piece that stands out above the rest? La Rosa dei Venti by Giampiero Bodino, one of his most iconic pieces, was worn by Uma Thurman on the big night. A valuable “transformable” jewel, this necklace, pendant and brooch is full of Colombian emeralds and blue, Ceylan yellow and Madagascar pink sapphires, with a pear-shaped 5.02-carat diamond on top. This stylish theme is right in line with the original idea that inspired the exhibition, which emphasizes the eternal crossover between religion and art, and sacred art and fashion. That important ecclesiastical works have contributed to jewelry design, elevating artisanal traditions to something greater, is undeniable. And this is evidenced by the work of two distinguished jewelry houses Percossi Papi and Cazzaniga. Both are 100% Roman hence naturally inspired and stimulated by the patronage of high-level clergy. A triumph of Baroque and precious lines of all types.