On Tuesday the 23rd of April Bulgari launched the Bulgari Funding Program, The NGV International Fashion Acquisitions at a gala event held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Designed to fund the acquisitions of major works by leading international fashion designers specifically for the NGV, the partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity to increase the Gallery’s remarkable collection using the strength of the Bulgari brand and its heritage.
Supporting the NGV in acquiring rare works by leading international fashion designers from the 1950s to the 1990s the Bulgari brand feel a special affinity to this project as this period was a very creative period in the history of Bulgari design when the third generation of the Bulgari family took over the company with a youthful exuberance which challenged traditional forms of jewellery design and making and transformed the very idea of what constituted fine jewellery.
Director of the NGV, Tony Ellwood said that Bulgari has been a style leader throughout its 129-year history and the NGV was delighted to be supported by such an important design icon.
“Over the coming years, through the support of the Bulgari Funding Program – NGV International Fashion Acquisitions, the NGV will be conducting a world-wide search for exceptional examples of works by high fashion designers of the 1960s through to the contemporary.
“We will be focussing on key pieces by key designers. The acquisitions will later be revealed in various displays that are destined to reflect the glamorous, audacious, unconventional and ground-breaking spirit of this period,” said Mr Ellwood.
To launch the Bulgari Funding Program – NGV International Fashion Acquisitions, the NGV has acquired three major works by important French designers Pierre Cardin, Claude Montana and Thierry Muglar.
I, for one am exceptional happy about this and cannot wait to see what arrives on our doorstep here in Melbourne over the next few months.
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