Christmas Pins
Past and Present
by Jill Gallina
review by Anna Ferreira

Photo of book cover "Christmas Pins past and present"

  Lovers of Christmas jewelry will enjoy this second edition of Jill Gallina’s book, Christmas Pins Past and Present. In her introduction, the author tells how she jumped at the chance to share "the innovative changes that have occurred in the Christmas costume jewelry arena over the seven years since volume one was released." She feels that exciting new designers and the advent of the Internet are the influences that have changed the "entire climate" of collecting. This edition includes information on dating, pricing, designers past and present, but the photos are the best attraction. Every category is illustrated, with identification and price guides. Shown are signed trees, unsigned trees, fakes and reproductions, patriotic holiday, white Christmas, blue Christmas, partridge in a pear tree, Santa, snowmen, angels, reindeer, Christmas creatures and critters and much more. Anything you may have put on your Christmas list is here. Collectors, you will have fun, (as well as learn) with this book.

Created by the great designers, the accessories complement their clothing. These hats, pocketbooks, shoes, couture jewels, belts, scarves, shawls, gloves and headdresses helped "crystallize their designers vision" and as such provide "an intriguing lens with which to examine fashion’s evolution." 

The author does this in chapters devoted to twenty-seven great designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, McCardell, Schiaparelli, Versace and Vionnet. She describes each designer’s history, style and idiosyncrasies. Illustrating the text are exceptional photos of "these charismatic objects of fashion history."

Beautiful enough for the proverbial coffee table, but much, much more valuable in your reference library, The Couture Accessory is an excellent book of 20th century fashion history.

 

Review reprinted with permission from Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry and the author

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Lovers of Christmas jewelry will enjoy this second edition of Jill Gallina’s book, Christmas Pins Past and Present. In her introduction, the author tells how she jumped at the chance to share "the innovative changes that have occurred in the Christmas costume jewelry arena over the seven years since volume one was released." She feels that exciting new designers and the advent of the Internet are the influences that have changed the "entire climate" of collecting. This edition includes information on dating, pricing, designers past and present, but the photos are the best attraction. Every category is illustrated, with identification and price guides. Shown are signed trees, unsigned trees, fakes and reproductions, patriotic holiday, white Christmas, blue Christmas, partridge in a pear tree, Santa, snowmen, angels, reindeer, Christmas creatures and critters and much more. Anything you may have put on your Christmas list is here. Collectors, you will have fun, (as well as learn) with this book.

 

Review reprinted with permission from VFCJ and the author

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