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Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) in Down Town Abby, wearing Andrew Prince' tiara

The Arts Society The Hague: ‘From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery & Fashion 1890 -1929

7 mei 20212 minute read

For the series and film “Downton Abbey”, Andrew Prince was commissioned to make many jewels for the main characters and this inspired him to create a talk based on this unique period.

Jewellery and Fashion are often seen as two entirely separate and distinct fields of design, but this is very far from the case. The greatest fashion houses collaborated always with the finest jewellers.

In his talk (Zoom lecture), Andrew guides you through the extraordinary decades and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great Couturiers collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce jewels and clothes of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Along with this, he illustrates the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and shows how they were worn with their sumptuous gowns.

Andrew Prince has had a passion for jewellery since he was a small child. He worked for The Antiques Roadshow expert Ian Harris and on with the renowned jeweller designer Elizabeth Gage. Later he designed for celebrities such as Michael Jackson (a large crystal and pearl shoulder jewel) and Shirley Bassey (necklaces). In 2005, he made tiaras and jewellery for ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ starring Judy Dench. In 2009, pieces were commissioned for The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt. In 2012, he was chosen by the creators of Downton Abbey to supply jewellery for the third series. The female characters were all adorned with tiaras, combs, earrings and necklaces designed and created by him.

To register for the online lecture go to

Please note that you have to register before Monday May 10, 2021. The lecture starts at 20.00 pm. Fee (non-members): € 13,-. A membership (8 lectures and other activities) is € 65,- per year and € 120,- for a couple. A half-year membership (4 lectures and other activities) is € 32,50 per year and € 60,- for a couple.



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