18 August 2010

Dramatic Adornment

ac·ces·so·ry ( k-s s -r )

n. pl. ac·ces·so·ries


a. A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct.

b. Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result.

Charlotte Hosten’s hand crafted necklaces are anything but supplementary. These show piece necklaces have enough drama and flair to be the eye-catcher of any look.

Charlotte Hosten is a Belgium born accessories designer who now lives and creates in Montreal, Canada. Hosten combines beads and other materials with fabric and ribbon to create beautiful necklaces that are meant to be worn as a garment rather then an accessory. This idea of creating an “accessory garment” came to Hosten after she found that regular clasps weren’t sturdy enough for her exaggerated pieces. She solved this problem by sewing the beads to scraps ribbon and fabric. The fabric only added to the creativity of her jewelry, allowing her pieces to come to life. Now, Hosten makes several different lines of jewelry including, Bridal Couture, Haute Couture, Pret A Porter, and Custom Made, all using her unique jewelry/fabric technique.

She also uses vintage elements in her jewelry to give the antique materials a “second life”. Along with utilizing these second hand materials, she also recycles all of the used fabrics and scraps to be used later, in order to minimize the impact on the environment. The Sari collection, featured on Hostens web page showcases jewelry that has been made entirely out of these scraps and vintage items.

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