Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Jewelry Installation

Re-Creating jewelry for Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design was one of the most challenging and interesting projects in our studio.

We were commissioned to make three unique pieces of jewelry that would be used for the costume exhibition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angles. The original jewels have been lost over time.

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Curator-designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Jewelry Designer Kathleen Lynagh and Larry McQueen, collector and owner of The Collection

Mr. McQueen and I delivered the gems and helped install the jewelry under the careful supervision of the curator and designer, Deborah Nadoolman Landis.


Carole Lombard’s Star Sapphire Brooch

Carole Lombard Brooch
At the Academy with Larry McQueen and Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Greta Garbo – Pendant for the classic film – “Queen Christina”

costume gown - Queen Christina
Greta Garbo – Pendant


Susan Hayward’s Star Shaped Emerald and Diamond Brooch

Susan Hayward’s Emerald and Diamond Star Brooch – worn in the film classic ” Valley of the Dolls”

To learn more about this exhibit – please watch this video clip  – an excerpt from an interview with ‘Hollywood Costume’ curator and costume designer, Deborah Nadoolman Landis. In this clip Landis shares insight into the art of dressing characters for the screen.


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  1. Entering into a project to re-create several pieces of jewelry that would be as truthful to the originals as possible without demanding too much attention or “breaking the bank” was one of the scariest and at the same time, the most rewarding things I have ever done. Knowing absolutely nothing about what the project would entail, I was guided by Kathleen Lynagh’s in-depth knowledge of jewelry history and construction and our collaboration has developed a bond that will last forever.

  2. Without you Larry McQueen the journey would have never started. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity you gave me. And I know we will stay connected. Keep on collecting your beautiful costumes. Preserve history and continue to tell your stories.

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