Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Paloma Picasso

The one and only. :-) 

Even people who aren't into fashion design or European abstract art know who Paloma Picasso is.  Having said, that, I hope you'll indulge me in adding some details.  

The daughter of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and French painter/author Françoise Gilot, Paloma Picasso made a name for herself as a jewelry designer, and she started at the bottom - designing necklaces from rhinestones bought at flea markets.   

In 1971, at 22, she began designing jewelry for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas, but in 1980, Miss Picasso's career took a turn for the better when she began designing for Tiffany & Co. in New York.  Her Tiffany designs employed different stones of varying colors and shapes in whimsical patterns, making her as much an international household name as her famous father.  A subsequent line of bath and cosmetics products - including a "Paloma" perfume (her name means "dove" in Spanish) - certified her as a legend . . . and made her name synonymous with classy Christmas presents. :-)    

Fun fact: Paloma Picasso was one of two celebrities in the running for a "Do you know me?" American Express credit card commercial in the mid-eighties.  She got chosen instead of the other front runner . . . Alice Cooper. :-D  

Another fun fact: Some of her work is permanently displayed in two American museums, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. 

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