Vintage decoded

Vintage decoded

A choker from Dior’s 90’s Haute Couture collection, Loulou de la Falaise’s exquisite designs for Yves Saint Laurent, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s river of pearls… Some stories are waiting to be told. Let’s start decoding the history behind these treasures.

Lee Radziwill – American elegance at it’s finest
©Lee Radziwill and Carter Brown (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Lee Radziwill – American elegance at it’s finest

“Stylish, curious, beautiful, smart and with a sly sense of humour, Lee had it all.” One of the most famous sisters in the world; an actress supported by her close friend Truman Capote, an interior designer and a society darling. We look closely at Lee Radziwill, an icon of her own right, and her impeccable style.

“Monsieur Bijou” – the story of the great Robert Goossens
©Rober Goossens
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

“Monsieur Bijou” – the story of the great Robert Goossens

Spectacular and sculptural jewellery designs. Items made by a meticulous and skilful hand: carved, hammered, enamelled and embellished. Every piece of Goossens’ jewellery is unique, like the women who wear them. If you treasure costume jewellery as we do, Goossens is the name to commemorate. Meet the silversmith of Chanel, the foremost couture jeweller in Paris – Robert Goossens.

Dior’s Bailey necklace: “Bijoux couture” on your neck
©Dior
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Dior’s Bailey necklace: “Bijoux couture” on your neck

Whether it adorns your bare neck or is paired with an edgy fabric like leather, this Christian Dior necklace will undoubtedly put you in the spotlight. Yes, it’s heavy and sturdy, but it’s also ultrachic and is one of our most iconic pieces. Meet Christian Dior’s “Bailey” necklace from the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

René Gruau: a master of vintage couture illustrations
©René Gruau illustration
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

René Gruau: a master of vintage couture illustrations

Delicate, sensual, effortless and elegant. With the help of a gentle brushstroke, Indian ink, pens and gouache, René Gruau created the most majestic fashion illustrations of the 20th Century. His extraordinary talent and skills were widely revered as no other artist in the world managed to translate haute couture so delicately into drawing. Gruau ushered in a new era of fashion illustrations...

Christian Lacroix: the enchanting master who owned the 80’s
©Jean-Pierre Couderc/Roger Viollet
Vintage decoded
by 4element team

Christian Lacroix: the enchanting master who owned the 80’s

Vastly lavish, ostentatious and vividly coloured designs. Fun, frilly and flirtatious. Yes, we are talking about Christian Lacroix and his alluring creations — theatrical designs made by the master of fantasy who opted for grandiose effects.

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