I love going to fashion museums and exhibits, so the Bulgari exhibit at the De Young museum in SF was a must see for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect; some of the fashion museums I’ve been to have been great (like the Ferragamo museum in Florence – a must!) but some are not even worth it (anyone been to the Musee Baccarat in Paris? ugghhh what a disappointment).
This exhibit is definitely one of my favorite and a must if you are in SF and love pretty jewelry. The exhibit hall is darkly lit, which emphasizes the jewels. You can just wander around and be mesmerized by all the colors and jewelry, or alternatively read or listen through the history and evolution of the jeweler. Side note: I couldn’t take pictures – no photos allowed and the exhibit was very closely monitored so I couldn’t even sneak an iPhone pic!
The exhibit showcases a lot of the early work that is not at all the Bulgari we’re familiar with (mostly gold pieces) to the statement pieces that are more common today, and tells the story of how the jeweler was influenced and evolved over the years. Definitely a good use of an afternoon (and you can visit the rest of the museum as well!) It’s open until February 17, 2014.