Watch & Jewellery
THE COOLEST NECKLACE ONLY YOU KNOW ABOUT: Celine x Fondation César
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Celine
06.07.2020
Only 100 numbered pieces have been made from this collab
The pine box also features a stamp of the artist's signature
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It first appeared on the Celine fall-winter 2020 runway, an elongated trinket hanging off the neck of a few ‘70s dressed runway models. According to the show notes, they were a collab with Fondation César, which are direct references from French sculptor César’s work that started in 1960. Then known as Directed Compressions, César used a giant hydraulic press in the scrap yard to crush used car bodies and metal car parts into specific sculptures. While Celine’s collaborative versions aren’t as sizeable as the aforementioned work, the concept remains the same. Furnished on metal, it takes the spirit of César’s work from 1971, when he started to collect old jewellery from family and friends and compressing them into the same structural form to create pendant necklaces that hang off a leather cord or chain. Celine sees these 2020 updates as more than just jewellery, offering each piece in a special artisanal wooden box for display too.

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CELINE ARTIST JEWELLERY PROGRAM CELINE CÉSAR COMPRESSION PROJECT CELINE CÉSAR COMPRESSION PROJECT IS THE FIRST ACT OF THE CELINE ARTIST JEWELLERY PROGRAM. A LONG LIST OF EXCLUSIVE EDITIONS AND CREATIONS OF ARTIST JEWELLERY TO BE REVEALED. IN 1971, CÉSAR STARTED TO COLLECT OLD JEWELLERY FROM HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY - PIECES OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE, FAMILY HEIRLOOMS. COMPRESSED, THESE TAKE ON A TOTEMIC FORM, BECOMING A SYMBOLIC PENDANT HUNG ON A LEATHER CORD OR CHAIN. EACH PIECE WAS PRODUCED IN PARIS BY TALENTED ARTISAN WITH TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH "SAVOIR-FAIRE". A RETRACTABLE HOOK ENABLES THE PENDANT TO BE PERCEIVED AS NOT ONLY A PIECE OF JEWELLERY BUT ALSO A STAND-ALONE SCULPTURE. SOUNDTRACK: SOFIA BOLT "GET OUT OF MY HEAD" #CELINECESARPROJECT #CELINEBYHEDISLIMANE

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