IPPOLITA at Royal de Versailles
Renowned for her timeless and contemporary jewellery, FLARE was delighted to sit down with Ippolita Rostagno during her trunk show at Royal de Versailles this month. In a conversation before the crowd bustled in, the designer recalled her upbringing in Florence and learning reverence for the craft amidst a city rooted so deeply in Renaissance history.
Inspiration struck Rostagno at the age of nine when she first laid eyes upon an exhibit by British sculptor Henry Moore. In a true déja vu moment, she was affected by a profound sense that the pieces on display were moulded by her own hands—thus, the desire to study sculpture in a Florentine art school was born.
Her work steadily garnered attention from women, at a time when there was plenty of costume and fine jewellery to be found, but a dearth of options in between. Rostagno laughed while reminiscing of her early days in New York, showing some of her baubles to the Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman. Introducing the, "sculptures parading as necklaces," the Director may have been skeptical of selling, but displayed them in the windows anyway. This was the beginning of IPPOLITA, a line the designer describes as, "something that is cool enough to want, but classic enough to keep."