Venus – Now & Then…

Venus is the Roman mythology counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite. She embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement and seduction. And with such persuasive female charm, no wonder she was and still is a leading muse to artists, thinkers, poets and…dreamers….

Venus of Willendorf, a small statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. Although it pre-dates the mythological Venus by millennia, the figurine earned the nickname “Venus” thanks to her emphasized parts of the body that are associated with fertility and childbearing. Researchers believe that the voluptuous Venus may have portrayed a fertility goddess.

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The de Milo statue is praised by many artists and critics as the epitome of graceful female beauty.

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo on display at the Louvre, Paris

During the Renaissance period in Europe Venus became a popular subject of painting and sculpture. As the goddess of sexuality, a degree of erotic beauty in her presentation was justified, which appealed to many artists and their patrons. Since Venus-Aphrodite was born of sea-foam, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli as well as countless other artworks depict her rising from the sea in a clam.

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Dr. No, filmed in 1962 and starring Sean Connery was the first James Bond film. Ean Fleming the author of James Bond series had a specific painting in mind when he wrote the scene of sexy Honey Rider rising from the sea in front of an excited James Bond (hint: check the above Botticelli painting). In what later became an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history, Ursula Andress rose out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini sporting a large diving knife and two seashells.

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

In 1986, the British girl group Bananarama remake of the song “Venus” (originally written & sung by the 60’s band Shocking Bluebecame a hit. The music video for “Venus” received heavy airplay on MTV.  It featured the group in various costumes including a devil, a French temptress, a vampire and a Roman goddess.

Venus video by Bananarama

Venus video by Bananarama

For her fall-winter 2014-2015 collection Dori took a classic yet fresh approach to the Venus theme. Basking in golden glow that brings to light feminine fluid shapes and delicate shell-like textures, Dori’s Venus is timeless.. and just like the goddess, positively irresistible…. 🙂

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

 

My Philosophy – The Marker interview with Dori

The Marker team sat down with Dori to talk about her philosophy, inspiration and her fall-winter 2014-2015 collection.  Here is the interview as published in The Marker Women Magazine….

What were the thoughts and inspiration behind creating your fall-winter 2014-2015 collection?

“This season is all about change! The interplay between hand-embroidery tradition and creative intuition lays the path for new innovative designs. I enjoy mixing influences without borders and playing with contrasting elements while creating signature narrative designs that are a testament to time. My collection’s palette is a mixture of harmonious brights with subtle neutrals allowing for unconventional looks and inviting my customers to stretch their imagination.”

Toscana earrings by Dori Csengeri

Toscana earrings by Dori Csengeri

Intrigue bracelet & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Intrigue bracelet & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Winona necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Winona necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

What’s your philosophy?

“Creating with passion. This way, designing every collection is a thrilling and intriguing experience for me as well as… for my loyal followers….”

wings tunic, earring & pendant/eyeglasses holder by Dori Csengeri

Dori is having fun adding a twist to a black & white outfit with a digitally printed tunic, personal jewelry pieces, a pair of converse sneakers and….a hand fan… :))

…any styling tips?

“Think of an outfit as a balancing act.  Add some harmony and a dash of humor to the mix and you are good to go! ” 🙂

Are you ready to play with fasion?
XO Dori

 

 

 

 

The bold and the beautiful – Ramp1885 interview with Dori

Interview by: Marina Radovanovic  www.ramp1885.com

I recently had the privilege to interview an amazingly talented woman that creates exceptional pieces of jewellery in Tel Aviv, Israel. By using a stunning array of colours, combined with vintage and contemporary styles and hand embroidered techniques; the haute couture collection is a must-see!

Dori Csengeri has her collection featured in various leading bridal, lifestyle and fashion publications. It is with no wonder that her exquisite jewellery is presented world-wide in prestigious jewellery stores, galleries and museums!

Folies necklace and earrings from Dori Csengeri

It is clearly evident that Csengeri loves her work, as this is reflected in her timely pieces. Brides and women who want that extra special and significant jewellery piece can find exactly what they are looking for, as Dori Csengeri has a vast selection in bold and cheerful to subtle and romantic colours. There is a design and colour to match every woman’s needs and preferences!

Dori Csengeri sat down with us an chatted about her unique and beautiful jewellery collections and how it all began.

Dori profileHow did you begin creating the jewellery; what inspired you to start this venture?

During my studies of textile design in Paris at the Academie de Port-Royal, I was experimenting with collages from textile materials. This is how the soutache cords landed on my desk. From there on, the road to jewelry was fairly short. I started with small color compositions in textiles, which evolved into beautiful lapel brooches. With time and experience, I developed an embroidery technique, that is suitable for creating textile-based jewelry and realized that the jewellery path is the right path for me.

Aside from the prominent magazines where your fine collection is displayed, are there exhibits and events where the collection may be seen and purchased?

Stores buyers & owners come to see our collection and place orders at trade shows such as: Première Classe Tuileries & Porte de Versailles in Paris, MACEF & Super in Milano, NY Now in New York City, Ambiente in Frankfurt and Bisutex in Madrid.

"Desiree" necklace and earrings from Dori Csengeri's Bridal collection

Which jewellery pieces do you find is most popular amongst your clientele? 

I feel that a big part of personal taste is shaped by ones culture. While my Italian customers tend to be daring and they love bold colors, my New York customers are drawn to the more classical looking styles.  My jewellery collection offers a wide array of styles that are deliberately made in small, often changing series. This way, I can constantly present my customers with creative accessorizing possibilities that suit their personal tastes & styles.

Do you take custom orders?

Yes. One of my favorite custom orders was an upper-arm cuff for a bride who asked me to find a creative way to “link” two of her grandmother’s brooches into my design. It wasn’t an easy task, but I truly enjoyed designing the cuff especially since in my eyes, jewelry pieces are the safe-keepers of our “treasure moments of life”. They reflect our memorable moments and occasions whether joyous, emotional or romantic.

 Alegra earrings from Dori Csengeri

Bogart brooch from Dori Csengeri

Are your designs inspired by seasonal fashion trends?

My work is a synthesis between the past and the present.  On one hand, I preserve the old tradition of hand-embroidery and ‘Savoir Faire’. On the other hand, my designs are very current. I like viewing the fashion trends forecast about a year or two before the season, so I have enough time to explore the seasonal colors and shapes and make them my own.

Do you find that certain moods, the arts or events trigger inspirations/ideas for designs?

I find that “all of the above” can trigger inspiration. There are no rules and no winning formula for “sparking the creative mood”, but healthy doses of curiosity and playfulness definitely help. As I sit at my worktable, my mind’s wheels begin to turn and things like memories, art, nature, scenery, color, and the little details of life start surfacing in my mind. Each embroidered piece starts as a collection of materials and by the time it’s finished it turns into a new and unique jewelry that conveys my mood and my thoughts.

Your bridal collection is breath taking and it is wonderful how you have combined traditional bridal styles with contemporary and romantic styles. Have you found that soon-to-be-brides lean on any particular style, or remain dedicated to the traditional pearly white accessories? 

I’m really happy to say that most of our brides have defined tastes and are in charge of their look. They are looking for unique pieces that reflect their personal styles.  Even the brides that are attracted to the classic pearls accessories come to my atelier in search of what I call “the updated pearl look with a twist”… 🙂

Fantastic black and white earrings from Dori Csengeri Chiara earrings from Dori Csengeri's Bridal collectionJalousie earrings from Dori Csengeri

Are there any plans to expand your brilliant style and carry it onto clutches, various accessories and perhaps clothing and shoes?

I recently launched a capsule collection of digitally printed kaftans, tunics and shawls. The idea behind the collection is to inspire women to dream and picture themselves as glorious movie sirens. In my mind, a kaftan is all about a luxurious treat and a fun fantasy combined in one accessory.

One of the kaftans from Dori's latest kaftan collection.

In which stores/boutiques may we find your marvelous collection for purchase?

Retail customers can find our collection at many great boutiques, jewellery stores and galleries all over the world.  The stockists list is very long, so I’m just going to name a few:

Alix Bijoux Paris & St. Tropez, Imarika in Milan, LuisaViaRoma in Florence, Pierre in Monaco, Tom Shot in Berlin, Una De Tres in Barcelona, British Museum store in London, MAD museum store in NYC, Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong and of course, our online store www.DoriCsengeri.com .

If we may venture to ask; what collection are you focusing on now?

I’m currently designing & making the very last color groups of our Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection. In this collection, the emphasis is on multi-faceted pieces that have both a feminine allure as well as a harder edge. The colors are somewhat muted and reflect a sense of mystery. I designed each jewelry piece to be literally seen in a different light any time a woman wears it.

Needless to say, Dori Csengeri’s collection is eye candy! To view more of the wonderful designs and colours of her masterpieces and to keep up-to-date with the latest creations, visit: www.DoriCsengeri.com.

to mom…♥

The story of my ‘Joie de Vivre’ collection begins like any fairy tale with ‘once upon a time’… Years ago, when I was a kid, I loved visiting my Mom at her work place. She was a dress maker, so the studio was filled with treasures like glittering sequins & rhinestones, delicate lace trims and beautiful buttons. During one of my visits, I gazed with fascination at the rich colors and textures of some left-over fabrics.  Patiently, I started rolling delicate flowers from each and every color.  Mom joined in and lovingly hand-stitched them with me.  She then continued sewing the various delightful and amazingly life-like flowers into colorful necklaces that immediately became my very favorites.
Image With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I felt that it was the right time to pay homage to my Mom’s floral necklaces. While updating the designs with sparkling Swarovski crystals and silky textiles for splashes of color, I was careful to preserve the ever optimistic spirit , the Joy of Life and the love that my Mom ‘infused’ into my childhood necklaces.
ImageHere’s to celebrating the wonderful women who have always had our best interests at heart…  ♥♥♥ Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Bonjour Paris

Meet our Studio Manager…that is Irina. Irina is our wonder-woman of organization who  manages a team of 25 embroidery artisans and gets all our orders shipped out in time.  Additionally, she maintains the extensive Dori designs library and…is our “go to person” for all fashion emergencies. Vogue needs a Dori haute couture piece for a photo-shoot in 2 days? An anxious hubbie desperately needs a pair of Dori’s earrings for a 10 years anniversary that is just around the corner? Irina remains calm and her motto is: “Yes, we can!”. So no wonder we think that she’s awesome and as a fun thank you gift Dori & Giora invited Irina to join them to the Premiere Classe Tuileries show in Paris. And yay! She did.
esti pics - dodo show 046The first few days of Irina’s visit were dedicated to the famous “must-see” spots in Paris (and the burbs) such as Château de Versailles, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. She was even “invited” to a wedding just outside The Louvre…. 🙂

20130304_123935Notre Dame Cathedral

20130302_124859Fontaines de la Concorde

20130304_172125Wedding bells at The Louvre ♥♥♥

Dori enjoyed strolling with Irina in the streets of Paris and showed her some of her
favorite specialty stores.

20130301_224100             They had fun sampling gourmet olive oils at the…olive oil specialty store….

peterhof paris 2          They were drawn to the beautiful matryoshkas (nesting dolls) at Peterhof Paris

20130304_221716      And they tried to guess who would be the perfect cutomer for the hippo head at the
Le Douze antique store. 🙂

And then…it was time to get serious and get ready for the Premiere Classe Tuileries show, so Irina rolled up her sleeves and helped Dori & Giora to set-up the booth and give it the final touches of the Dori signature look… 🙂
20130303_202336                  Dori, Irina & Giora happily pose for a “before” picture on set-up day……

Irina had a good time “touring” the show, finding great designers and peeking at the upcoming fall-winter 2013-2014 trends…

20130301_185935Pasotti umbrellas had on display a medley of umbrellas & walking sticks studded
with Swarovski crystals

20130304_175353Dominique Denaive exhibited his statement resin jewelry pieces

5876599974_837aca34fb_z[1]And Finsk shoes dazzled Irina with their style icon wooden wedges.

sdl-e797But…at the end…Irina’s most favorite item was….surprise surprise…
Dori’s red hot Scandal earrings…. 🙂

After the show ended, it was almost time to go back home, so like a true fashionista Irina rushed to Galeries Lafayette for some fun shopping or rather eye shopping…
20130305_135321But Irina’s trip couldn’t come to an end until her “finding the best macarones in town” mission was accomplished…and the announced winner was….Pierre Herme
pierre-herme-macarons1(1)[1]Bon Appetit! 🙂

Vogue Gioiello – Dori’s couture soutache

When the journalist of  Vogue Gioiello discovered Dori’s jewelry collection, she was taken by it and wanted to find out more about the designer behind the precious hand-embroidered creations.

Here is the interview as published in Vogue Gioiello….

Dori’s sense of color as well as the long tradition of hand embroidery and textile design are at the core of her creations. She is an Israeli designer known throughout the world who takes inspiration from costume history and from contemporary art & fashion. Dori works alongside artisans who specialize in the ancient soutache technique.  Her personal spin on the soutache technique involves hand-embroidering textile cords while incorporating materials such as gem stones, shells, vintage buttons and Swarovski crystals into the design.

Which are the new developments and new items in the summer 2013 collection?
“In terms of the selection, there are more chokers and bracelets. Also, I offer a large selection of earrings in a variety of sizes in new shapes and styles. In terms of design, I would say that Bogart is the most artistic looking color group in my summer collection. On one of my visits to the flea market, I happened to find some blinking blue and brown dolls eyes. I joined those eyes with free-form embroidery, agate slices and metal elements, as well as a measure of surrealism inspiration for an intriguing “looking at you” effect…”

choker mqe-n522g_resizeDori’s Martinique choker – spring/summer 2013

alegra ears no logo_resizeDori’s Alegra earrings – spring/summer 2013

bogart bracelet no logo_resizeDori’s Bogart bracelet – “Here’s to looking at you kid”….

What are your medium and long term projects?
“I am currently experimenting with a new capsule collection of digitally printed kaftans, tunics and shawls, for which I have selected interesting unique designs. The idea is to inspire women to treat themselves to luxurious accessories in the comfort of their homes or while vacationing at resorts. We offer a wider variety of superbly soft high-fashion accessories for the world of leisure & pleasure.”

KFT-6_0460Dori’s Kaftan from her new capsule collection

Are you of the opinion that fairs (i.e. trade shows) are still a valid means of communication?
“Shows are still good for creating a dialogue between designers and buyers; allowing professional buyers to have the first-hand experience of the product. However, the shows are not a good platform for communicating with our retail customers, the women who wear our creations. We find that advertising in the right magazines and extensive online activity are far more efficient in reaching potential customers and catching their attention.”

What fields do you excel in?
“Design and color, making every collection a thrilling, intriguing and surprising experience for my loyal followers….” 🙂

fol-n404(Folies)-2_resizeDori’s colorful Folies necklace & earrings – spring/summer 2013

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