June 30, 2012

Palladium, the newest precious metal which inspires the fashion industry

A rare platinum group metal, palladium, seems to be the newest innovation on the jewelry market that is successfully used in fashion. Palladium is a lightweight, naturally white, strong and versatile metal, much more expensive and rare than gold. Its superior qualities offer a great potential to artists, that started to develop inspiring creations through the mediums of jewellery, fashion and design.

One of the designers that already saw the potential of this metal and incorporated it in his creation is the Turkish-born, London-based designer Hussein Chalayan. He played with the metal’s principal attributes –lightness and strength –and built two dresses with palladium necklines that highlight the future fashion designs.

Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2077 

Along time, metal fascinated almost every designer due to its power to capture light and people’s attention in the same time. Dolce&Gabbana, Paco Rabanne, Versace are just a few famous brands that  turned metal into creative, exquisite fashion pieces, a trend that keeps coming back on runways almost every season.

The attributes of this metal are used in a unique collaboration between the International Palladium Board and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the famous college that Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane and even Hussein Chalayan attended. Students from the MA Design and Jewellery course were asked to create an original piece of jewellery from this precious metal, with the design brief to show off the metal’s inherent properties of lightness and strength. Five exceptional finalists’ pieces will be on display at the BFC (British Fashion Council) Rock Vault during London Fashion Week.



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