The Culture of fashion: Susy Dyson’s Cartier bangles

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Cartier coloured enamel bangles

Think of Cartier classics and you probably think of Jeanne Toussaint’s panther-themed pieces or Aldo Cipullo’s 70s signatures, the Love bracelet or the Juste un Clou. But not so much pieces like these simple enamel hinged bangles from the 1980s (above).

This threesome (sold singly) is part of an auction taking place this week of 70s Peruvian model Susy Dyson’s jewellery and accessories. Dyson was a favourite model of Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and Issey Miyake, not to mention Helmut Newton. Her personal style seen in the accompanying auction imagery sums up the casual-yet-jet-set glamour of the 70s. Youthful, free-spirited and chic, it straddles the high-low style and status that we now accept as standard.

Susy Dyson model

There’s a certain nostalgia right now for a spirited 70s-80s pre-digital lifestyle where we gobble up stories and photos – especially Polaroids! – of the fabulous fashion and art set. As with Joan Didion’s and Karl Lagerfeld’s auctions, we’re invested in objects that tell stories of culture and character. We want the object but also the history of a life well lived that comes with it.

Dyson’s colourful Cartier bangles embody the joie de vivre of the 70s and are sold alongside jewels by Parisian jeweller René Boivin as well as an Hermès compact and a monogrammed Louis Vuitton jewellery case. The online auction takes place on Wednesday 12th July as part of a sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu at Dreweatts. Read more here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Cartier bangles/Dreweatts; Susy Dyson/Instagram
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