Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.
$10 members · $20 non-members · $40 V.I.P· $60 V.I.P "La Française"
Online via Zoom · In English
6:00 p.m. (Chicago) and 7:00 p.m. (New York)
VIP tickets: Hang out with our guests after the event thanks to a separate zoom link. Limited availability, reserve early! Series of 7 V.I.P tickets: $260.
V.I.P La Française tickets: Chicago only! Hang out with our guests after the event & enjoy half a bottle of Taittinger Brut "La Française". Please note: Champagne must be picked at the Alliance Française, 810 N. Dearborn St., during our business hours. A separate Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.
As an international dealer of precious gems and vintage jewelry for more than 30 years, Patrizia's family history precedes her: While sharing an apartment with fashion legend Elsa Schiaparelli, Patrizia’s grandmother Contessa Gabriella Nicolis di Robilant served as a fashion and jewelry advisor to wealthy American traveling to Paris.
Join us for an hour of 100% Italian energy and charm when former Vogue Italia editor Grazia d’Annunzio joins Patrizia to share tales of adornment in history, fashion, literature and art – as well as tips on how to always make heads turn without breaking the bank!
Patrizia di Carrobio began her career at Christie’s in New York in 1980, quickly becoming one of the firm’s senior gem appraisers, and eventually heading the Jewelry Department. She was the first female auctioneer in the Jewelry Department and generated a record-breaking $30 million sale, the largest such sale in North America at the time. Her passion for jewelry spans centuries, cultures, and genres —from costume jewelry to Crown Jewels. She deals in important diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and royal jewels, as well as important pieces by jewelers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and JAR. She has also lent items from her collection to celebrities for Oscar and Emmy red carpet appearances.
She is the author of two Italian style classics: Diamanti: Una Guida Personale (Diamonds: A Personal Guide) and Conoscere I Gioielli: Come Sceglierli e Portarli (Knowing Jewels: How to Choose and Wear Them). Bestsellers in Italy, both books articulate her view that jewelry can inspire what is best within us. The books have garnered rave reviews in publications like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Flair. In her latest book, Be Jeweled, released in Italy in late 2017 and in the United States in March of 2018.
Born in Canada to Italian parents, Patrizia has lived in four European countries. She currently resides in New York City and travels the globe to buy and sell stones and jewelry for an international clientele, while also touring the U.S. and Europe to lecture on jewelry.
Grazia d’Annunzio teaches Fashion Journalism at Università' degli Studi di Milano. She was New York Special Project Editor of “Vogue Italia”, “L’Uomo Vogue”, “Casa Vogue”, “Glamour “ and “Architectural Digest” from 1995 to 2016. Formerly d’Annunzio was deputy editor of Vogue Italia and the first editor in chief of Italian Glamour. She is currently writing a book on women of style.
This series is curated by Alexander Aubry; Patrizia di Carrobio; and Aimee Laberge – in partnership with the Fashion Resource Center the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Free admission for this program is offered to students in Fashion Studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
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