FILE – Elsa Peretti, left, poses with designer Halston after a fashion show in New York on Jan. June 1970 (AP Photo / Marty Lederhandler, file)

NEW YORK – Elsa Peretti, who in the 1960s and 1970s went from Halston Model and Studio 54 to one of the most famous jewelry designers in the world with the timeless, flowing Tiffany & Co Collections, often inspired by nature, have died. She was 80 years old

She died in her sleep at home in a small village outside Barcelona, ​​Spain, Thursday night This emerges from a declaration by their family office in Zurich and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation

Peretti’s sculptural cuff bracelets, bean patterns, and open-hearted pendants are some of her best-known works

“Elsa was not just a designer, she was a way of life,” said Tiffany in a statement Friday, “Elsa explored nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor”

Peretti was born in Florence, Italy to wealthy, conservative parents and educated in Rome and Switzerland She moved to Barcelona in her twenties and began modeling, where she joined an artist community that, according to Salvador Dali, was part of an August profile in the Wall Street Journal. Shortly thereafter, she retired to New York and started Modeling for Halston and other top designers to get on the art and fashion jet set Then she started making jewelry, tapping the designers she worked for to incorporate her pieces

It was Halston, a close friend, who introduced her to the highest echelons at Tiffany, an exclusive collaboration that lasted throughout her career

The outspoken Peretti began designing for Tiffany in 1974 to celebrate their 50th birthday To mark the 50th anniversary of its wrist-hugging bone cuff, Tiffany launched new versions, including some with turquoise and jade stones

Describing herself as “retired” by the Wall Street Journal, she held her hand in hand, communicated with artisans around the world, and reviewed the work of her studios

“Their inspiration was often taken from everyday objects – a bean, a bone, an apple could be turned into cufflinks, bracelets, vases or lighters,” says the family declaration, “Scorpions and snakes were turned into attractive necklaces and rings, often in silver, which was one of her preferred materials. She explained: “There is no new design because good lines and shapes are timeless'”

Of Peretti’s designs, Liza Minnelli told Vanity Fair in 2014: “Everything was so sensual, so sexy, I just loved it It was different from anything I had ever seen”

Peretti’s more than three dozen collections for Tiffany have made her luxury, but she also understood the need for budget flexibility among consumers. She was behind Tiffany’s Diamonds by the Yard line, which began in 1974 based on the idea that Spreading stones on a simple chain and selling them at different prices Today the line costs 325 to 75$ 000

“You need to be able to take to the streets with your jewelry,” she told the journal “Women can’t walk around with $ 1 million”

Peretti’s designs can be found in the permanent collections of the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, among others. In recognition of her work, Tiffany founded the Elsa Peretti Professorship for Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the first endowed professorship in the history of FIT

She was also a philanthropist and established her foundation in honor of her father in 2000. It supports a range of projects, from human and civil rights to medical research and conservation

The small village of Sant Martí Vell, where she died in Catalonia, was always close to her heart, the family declaration says in 1968. She bought a mustard-yellow house there and lovingly restored it over the next 10 years restore, acquire and maintain buildings, including a church. She also assisted in the excavation of Roman ruins and the archiving of the village history and established a working vineyard that has been selling wines under the Eccocivi label since 2008

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