In celebration of their 150th anniversary in London, Tiffany & Co.’s “Vision & Virtuosity” exhibition will debut at the Saatchi Gallery located near Sloane Square from June 10 right through to August 19, 2022.
With over 400 objects from the House’s archive, this visual chronicle will take visitors through Tiffany & Co’s famed designs, window displays, popular culture moments and its prized diamond.
“This exhibition perfectly captures our long-standing heritage in bridging tradition and modernity. We are thrilled to share the world of Tiffany & Co. and our unique high jewellery style with London,” says Anthony Ledru, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co.
The exhibition consists of seven chapters – the first room revolves around Tiffany & Co.’s window displays all around the world. This room is dedicated to the windows that served as more than a mere product display but rather, art installations that reflect the various art movements of their time.
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The second room is a journey through the American jeweller’s proud history and influence in pop culture — from films to literature to sports. Each iteration of the Blue Box will be on display as well as the first cash book that dates back to when Tiffany & Co. first opened its doors. Plus, the the story behind how the famous Robin’s-egg blue became one of the world’s most famous colours.
The third room focuses on the House’s Blue Book designs and craftsmanship that are adored worldwide. This room also pays homage to legendary designers such as Jean Schumberger and Elsa Peretti.
Of course, Tiffany & Co. would not be what it is without their engagement rings. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany did not just pioneer the diamond ring, he started the tradition of engagement.
This room features multiple engagement ring settings, including the House’s first men’s engagement ring – the Charles Tiffany Setting.
Fans of cult-classic film Breakfast At Tiffany’s must not miss the fifth room. This chapter is a comprehensive retelling of the movie’s story with several historical objects from the production – Audrey Hepburn’s original black Givenchy dress, the sketches of said dress, the script with Hepburn’s personal annotations and more.
The exhibition continues in the next room where the difference between regular diamonds and Tiffany diamonds are made clear. This room will also feature the iconic diamond brooch made in Paris in 1855 by Frères Bapst, the French court’s jeweller, for Empress Eugénie of France, which was later acquired by the American jewellery.
Last but not least, the piece de resistance and a rare sight – the Tiffany Diamond – is on display in the seventh room. The modified yellow cushion-cut stone weighing at 128.54 carats, with 82 facets, has only been worn publicly four times, which includes Hepburn’s press for the film and most recently the House’s 2021 “About Love” Campaign.
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“‘Vision & Virtuosity’ celebrates the House’s most defining moments, showcases the incredible collection of archives and exemplifies why Tiffany & Co. is such an iconic brand,” says Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product & Communications, Tiffany & Co.
To top off this special event, exclusive artist collaborations and limited items such as T-shirts and hoodies in Tiffany Blue, designed by Daniel Arsham, will be available at the gift shop.
Tickets for the exhibition are available on the Vision & Virtuosity app and complimentary tickets are also available at Saatchi Gallery.