Alba Cappellieri


Alba Cappellieri

"Surprisingly, due to very different historical reasons, the masters of Italian design have never taken jewellery into consideration. First of all, the functionalist heritage of the modern movement - let's not forget that Italian designers in the 1960s were mainly architects - which not only aimed at emphasizing function but also the social value of the design. And so an apparently useless item, although certainly linked to the aesthetics of luxury, as is jewellery, was, at least formally, of no interest to the masters of Italian design.  In realty, these selfsame masters did design jewellery but only privately within their families  as gifts for their wives, daughters or women."

Alba Cappellieri


Professor at Milan Polytechnic and Stanford University, she is President of the Fashion Design Degree Course, Director of the international Master Degree in Accessory Design and the Specialization Course in Jewellery Design at Milan Polytechnic. She is the author of numerous publications and has curated the most renowned jewellery exhibitions in Italy.

Since 2014 she has been the Director of the Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza's Basilica Palladiana, Italy's first jewellery museum.

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