Sunday, January 9, 2011

BVLGARI at the Grand Palais

Bulgari, an iconic Italian jeweller, shows off "125 years of Italian magnificence" from 10th December 2010 until 12th January 2011 in the chic exhibition hall of the Grand Palais. On a very rainy Friday, jetlegged and groggy, I forced myself to go by buying tickets online. (€12.00 for ticket, +€0.50 for home printed e-ticket.) Ticket in hand, there was no way I'd wiggle my way out! JB met me there, and we spent a good 1.5-2.0 hours oohing and aahing at the biggest diamond porn show I have ever attended.

My eyes have been trained to look at anything that sparkles, and sparkling things did I see! The exhibition was an ensemble of the house's collection from the 1930s up until now, as well as pieces owned by individuals. Most of these individuals are Italian actresses and well, super rich people around the world. I must say that the designs became tackier and tackier towards the 1990s, my favorite collections remain those from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

There wasn't a crowd outside and I could've easily bought tickets at the counter, but it was quite a scene inside the exhibition. We spent a good chunk of our time there crawling inch by inch in line in order to get the closest views of the rocks. If you are one that appreciates sparkly things, do go, and hurry up it ends in a couple of days!

Photos by Me
Last 2 photos courtesy of Google Images

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