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Gift of Mrs. Charles Chaplin
This costume jewelry demi-parure dates from c.1960 and consists of a silver-colored metal necklace with small rhinestones; yellow and blue glass beads formed into a chain of flowers; and matching clip-on earrings. The set was designed by Trifari, which was founded in the 1910s by Gustavo Trifari, the Italian-immigrant son of a Napoli goldsmith. This set belonged to Mrs. Charles F. Chaplin, née Genevieve Clabaugh, who donated over 170 gowns, garments, and accessories to the costume collection in 1976.
Like many designers, Trifari began working with Broadway and Hollywood producers in the 1930s as a clever method of showcasing and promoting his line. However, the underlying reason for the company’s enormous success is better credited to the talents of Alfred Phillippe, Trifari’s chief designer from 1930 to 1968. His use of invisible settings for stones, which he originally developed for Van Cleef & Arpels, brought an elevated level of craftsmanship that had not been previously applied to costume jewelry.
One particularly prominent Trifari client, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, commissioned a costume jewelry parure to complement her Nettie Rosenstein-designed pink inaugural ball gown in 1953. Alfred Phillippe designed a pearl choker with a matching three-stranded bracelet and earrings to complete the First Lady’s look. Two additional sets were made, one for the Smithsonian and the other for the Trifari archives. Mrs. Eisenhower was evidently pleased by his designs, as she commissioned a new parure for her husband’s second inauguration in 1957 #trifari #costumejewelry #vintagejewelry #chm #chicagocostumecouncil #chicagohistory