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On a quest to the dreamy tones of Aurora Borealis, a journey in snow-covered lands, a pack of wolves in the woods, howling with surprise at the amazing movements in the sky, The new collection by Vernissage is a tribute to the surprisingly unique Northern lights which paint the cold Arctic landscapes with coloured veils. Those lights have now become miniature jewels, unique creations to wear, reproducible but never alike.
About the Designer
Vernissage is based in Milano, Italy. She studied at F.I.T New York.
Ilenia Corti created Vernissage in 2007 in collaboration with Matteo Mena.
The two designers project their fantastic worlds in an uncontaminated space where
creativity reigns, a surreal place, childlike but tangible, characterized by the contrast
between dream and reality.
Vernissage is an invitation to assist to the show of Nature frozen in its vital tension, an
image fading in time, a testimony of the memory of when small things were the most
enchanting. Each jewel, each accessory crystallizes into a fragment of this fragile and
mysterious universe; a black and white freeze frame of dusty gold filigrees, its spires
trapping diamonds, agate, jade, amethyst, fragments of mother of pearl.
The project finds its inspiration in the tension between a dream vision, childlike vitality
and the pragmatism of the adult world, in the fascination of animals perennially
conserved in their prime in the glass cases of any Natural Science Museum, in the
pictures of Sarah Moon, portraits of a nostalgic, melancholy nature that got lost in time,
creatures from faded 18th-century illustrations of botany and entomology books which
survived a natural catastrophe.
The 2010 Vernissage collection of jewels and shoes with accessories in precious metals -
each one custom made and unique - tells about insects camouflaged between leaves and
twigs, of deer with white horns stuck in the tentacled branches of the trees, of small
flying animals frozen on candid roses as they stopped and drank the morning dew.
Diamonds in nuances from grey to black and the use of pink, yellow and burnished gold
create a suggestion of ancient times, of lost beauty.
With each new season the collections grow richer in new protagonists telling an eternal
story: metamorphosis and the pain of evolution. Each collection, a chapter of a novel
told with images, is told in a video.