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Elegant Curiosities
Look / Elizabeth


Elizabeth Taylor was the inspiration for this look. She was crazy about jewels and even wrote a great book about it called: “My love affair with jewellery”. Besides being a world-famous actress and one of the most beautiful women who walked this earth, she was a woman who later in life devoted so much of her time and money to raising awareness to aids. Later in life Taylor was honored for services for her acting and charity, recognizing her fundraising for Aids research and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In the setting on the top and the Necklace you will find a clothing fragment worn by Elizabeth Taylor herself. There is a video made as proof of unsealing and cutting the fabric from the Panini Americana remnant card 22 236/499.

This piece comes with a certificate by Elegant Curiosities.

The necklace with clothing fragment of Elizabeth is made with sterling silver. The setting is a bronze alloy and the fabric is covered with epoxy. Surrounding the setting you will find many freshwater pearls.

The top has beautiful lace on it to which our designer added a large amount of sterling silver beads, faceted purple amethyst and grey/cream freshwater pearls.

The gloves are decorated with a row of grey freshwater pearls.

The skirt is made of a flowy polyester fabric with a silky look.

The tiara: This piece is made out of bronze filigree ornaments to which our designer added 24k gold and sterling silver hand plated details.

There are three 10mm cut Amethysts on the tiara that are set in sterling silver 4 prong settings. Together the amethysts are about 11ct. There are also amethyst cabochons and freshwater pearls on this piece.

About the collection

The pieces are designed for anyone who wants to express their femininity, people who want to stand out in something luxurious, unique and exclusive. Every piece of clothing is also a piece of jewellery. Just a few examples of what you can find on her designs: historical remnants, 24k hand gilded and silver-plated details, gemstones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and 14k gold. All to give you the feeling that you are not just wearing a piece of clothing, but a jewel with its own story and inspiration.

Designer: Laila Verseput / Elegant Curiosities
Model: Mythe Entjes
Photograpy: Laurens van Riel
Intern Coupeuse (skirts): Julia Eliene Vos
Music Production Showcase: Robin Post & HermanusArtisticus

Why is my collection black?

I personally wear black about 90% of the time as it looks classy and stylish, but there is a deeper meaning to the color and for that we have to look into history.

In the Roman times and Middle ages black was associated with authority and dignity. Later in the 13th century the color black was associated with sinister and death, for example black animals like cats and crows were considered evil.

Black was an extremely expensive color to produce and was mostly made from bark, roots, and fruits, however most were bluish, grayish, or brown in tone. The best way to get black dye was to use Oak apples. These are very small so you need an extremely huge amount to get a little bit of dye.

In the 14th century black clothing became popular. At the time, mostly in Italy, there were rules that wouldn’t allow you to wear certain colors, if you were not in the high ranks of society. Wealthy people without ranks wanted to stand out too and there was no law on the expensive color black. This way they could still show their wealth, and so the demand for black fabric grew and with that did the skills of the dyers.

Beautiful black clothing did not go unnoticed by society. The color was so dark and elegant that the nobility classes of Europe took to wearing black. At the end of the 14th century, foreign kings and princes took interest in black clothing. So, black became the color of choice for noble young men for centuries.

My love for history and luxury made me choose this color for my collection.