In conjunction with the major new exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema, featuring the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, the Columbia Museum of Art announces the elegant fundraiser Prince of Downton Abbey: An Evening with Costume Jewelry Designer Andrew Prince, to be held on Sunday, December 4, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A British jewelry designer, Prince is best known for his work in the acclaimed television series Downton Abbey.
The evening will feature Prince’s lecture on jewelry and fashion during the glittering 19th and 20th centuries, an elegant sit-down dinner, and the opportunity to meet one of the world’s leading costume jewelry designers and craftsmen. Following his lecture, Prince will host an exclusive trunk show featuring a selection of his one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by Downton Abbey. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the CMA’s educational and community enrichment initiatives.
“The Columbia Museum of Art always strives to present new and dynamic opportunities for the community to experience art and design,” says Lowndes Macdonald, CMA chief philanthropy officer. “Each piece Andrew Prince creates is its own unique masterpiece that you can wear every day. We are excited to bring such a respected and world-class craftsman to the CMA.”
Prince traces his passion for jewelry back to the age of three, when he swallowed a pearl earring belonging to his grandmother. Renowned for his design of costume jewelry for television and films including Downton Abbey, The Young Victoria, and Muppets Most Wanted, he has created pieces for icons of both stage and screen, notably Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Emily Blunt, and Miss Piggy. His list of private commissions includes such diverse clients as Michael Jackson and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Along with designing jewelry for the stars, Prince creates pieces that are available at retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Kentshire, and Kleinfeld Bridal.
“You can’t have fun with diamonds, the value of them makes it all too serious,” says Prince. “Jewelry should be about beauty, not cost. If it has to be locked up, it’s not a jewel, it’s a worry.”
Individual seats: $125 / $100 for members
Table: $1,000 (seats 8)
A portion of the proceeds from the trunk show and ticket sales will go to support the mission of the Columbia Museum of Art to provide outstanding art and arts education for lifelong learning and community enrichment.
For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org/happenings/evening-andrew-prince.