7311 CL Apeldoorn
All That Glitters - Spectacular Fashion Jewelery from the Jozef Wiggers Collection
Until 21st November 2021
In 2016, CODA acquired a large part of the fashion jewelry collection from Jozef – Joop – Wiggers (1937-2017). Wiggers was not only a graphic designer, painter and publisher of Jan, Jans and the children, but also a passionate collector and a great lover of beautiful things. During one of his many visits to book fairs, he discovered books about fashion jewelry. It marks the beginning of his collection and his passion for fashion jewelry. His collection is not only the 'imprint' of a personal story, but also provides a unique picture of the development of fashion jewellery. CODA Museum will show the highlights from this special, private collection until 21 November 2021.
Fashion jewelry became popular in the early twentieth century when designers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli broke the notion that jewelry should be synonymous with gold, silver and precious stones. Coco Chanel does not hesitate to combine real pearls and the synthetic variant. It not only reduces the price of the jewelry, but also makes it accessible to a larger group of people. In this way, jewelery is shifting from status symbol to fashion statement and means of expression. The term fashion jewelry, or costume jewelry in English, is used for jewelry that is not made of precious metals and gemstones, but is, for example, in the field of design, because of their intrinsic quality or as representatives of a period of value and significance.
Because the emphasis in fashion jewelry is much less on showing off gold, pearls and precious stones, designers have plenty of room to experiment and go wild with color, size and shape. Coco Chanel and her good friend Fulco di Verdura designed jewelry with the Maltese cross motif, based on the ancient symbol of the crusaders. Due to the two world wars precious stones and diamonds became scarce and the use of cut glass, especially from Austria and the Czech Republic, took off. Swarovski begins experimenting with new finishes for their glass crystals in the 1950s. An example is the aurora borealis; a rainbow-like finish that Dior would use frequently in their fashion jewellery.
Under the influence of Hollywood films, fashion jewelry became extremely popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Widely represented in the Wiggers collection are the jewelry of Joseff of Hollywood. With the silver screen in mind, designer Eugene Joseff developed the 'Russian gold'; a metal that does not shine very much and was therefore better suited for film. Joseff researched the historical periods in which the films were set for the films he worked on. An example is the world famous movie Cleopatra with Liz Taylor in the lead role. The Egyptian motifs from this film became extremely popular. Historical influences can also be seen in contemporary jewelery design. A good example is the recent revival of the fashion house Schiaparelli under the American designer Daniel Roseberry.
Fascinated by the beauty and creativity of the designs, Joop Wiggers developed a predilection for the jewelry of Chanel, Dior, Miriam Haskell and Rebajes. He attended auctions and was a regular at vintage and jewelry stores. In this way, over time, a unique private collection was created that provides an overview of developments in fashion jewellery.
About Joop Wiggers
Joop Wiggers (1934-2017) was the publisher of Jan, Jans en dekinderen and a good friend of Jan Kruis, spiritual father of this well-known Dutch comic book family. Wiggers grew up in The Hague and was a creative child. His father worked at a printing house and from the paper trimmings he brought home, Joop cut letters so he could explain words and sentences on the floor. The neighbor of the Wiggers family, who is also a painter, believed that the drawing academy would be a good place for the young, creative Joop. Joop accepted the advice and trained as a graphic designer. He met Jan Kruis in the early 1960s and together they worked at advertising agency Van Maanen on campaigns for Shell, DAF and Porsche. In the mid-1960s, Wiggers decided to leave the advertising agency and continue as a freelancer. In that capacity, he designed campaigns, illustrated children's pages for magazines and produced posters for children that he had printed himself. In 1971, these posters were awarded 'Le prix l'Européen de faon d'or', which he received from Princess Gracia in Monaco. He liked to spend his free hours behind the easel. With his wife Beppie he has 2 sons.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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