The most comprehensive exhibition ever of Cartier objects has opened in Paris today. Held in the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais, ‘Cartier: Style and History’ has 600 items along with 300 sketches on display, spanning the creation of the maison in 1847 through to the 1970s. The show takes the visitor on a journey through changing styles, putting the evolution of Cartier designs into the context of society, fashion, and world events at the time.
The Halo tiara worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day, the original Love bracelet, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, a ruby necklace given to Elizabeth Taylor by her third husband Mike Todd, a 478-carat Sri Lankan sapphire that once belonged to Queen Marie of Romania, the first Tutti Frutti designs and many more special items are on display. Most objects come from Cartier’s own archives (read an interesting article about that here), but loans have also been provided by Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family of Monaco, the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, among others, as well as public institutions. Prepare to be dazzled.
The exhibition runs until February 16, 2014. Watch a teaser video released by the Grand Palais at the end of the post.