To say that I was honored to interview Carole Tanenbaum and feature selected pieces from her vintage collection is an understatement. Within fashion I love couture, street style, vintage and to bring my readers exciting and emerging designers based in Los Angeles. I also happen to highly enjoy reporting on top curators. Therefore this piece has special significance. You should never say this a a writer — but I am a fan! You have probably seen many of Carole Tanenbaum’s unique and ornate pieces in fashion publications as well as various film or television productions without realizing the true creativity of authentic curating. Welcome to the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection or also known as CTVC.
The Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection (www.caroletanenbaum.com) is one of North America’s premiere collection of vintage costume jewelry. Carole Tanenbaum has been collecting costume jewelry for over twenty-five years that has produced an unmatched collection of over 30,000 pieces dating from the Victorian period to today’s collectables. Every piece in the collection has been hand-selected with an artistic eye for design, creativity and exceptional craftsmanship. The collection incorporates vintage costume jewelry as wearable works of art into the fashion world.
Featuring only the highest quality and most unique treasures, the collection includes designers, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Jewelry by Chanel, Schiapparelli, Hobe, and Miriam Haskell are some of her highlights. In addition to vintage jewelry, the collection also includes compacts, purses, and other objects. As a world-renowned collector, Carole has given a number of lectures on vintage costume jewelry at museums, universities, and social clubs.
Selections from the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection are available at SEED INC. along with other retailers worldwide.
Carole Tanenbaum is Canada based but I did get the opportunity to speak with her personally. She is just as inspiring as I imagined. Curating is an art in itself and enjoyed learning about her process.
How did you get into curating? Was it a hobby or an authentic love for finding that “perfect piece”?
“When I first discovered Vintage CJ back in the seventies, it was an instant love affair. I knew! I never loved gemstone jewelry but was wowed by the designs, color and daring of vintage jewelry. Curating comes quite easily to me as my previous occupation was as a curator of art collections for corporations. Also, I come from a family of art collectors.”
Obviously you have an incredible eye. What can you tell me about your creative process when sourcing?
“I am very clear on my aesthetics so sourcing has never been a problem. “I know what I like and what we need in our expansive collection.” I also have wonderful dealers who “get” my eye and that makes my job much easier. Furthermore since my business is collaborative with the fashion world, I constantly study trends on the runway – long necklaces, multiple bracelets, etc. and base my trunks on that.”
With so much out there, how do you not follow trends (while keeping in touch at the same time)? I am constantly inspired by your instagram pictures.
“I spend two hours early each morning searching the internet for images that appeal to me. I love to do it as it keeps me in touch with the fashion world.”
What can we expect to see in the near future from the CTVC?
“I am in the process of having another book published which I am really hoping will be out next year at holiday season. It is on the designer Henry Schreiner, who has always been a favorite of mine.. We are hoping to connect the launch of several museums, as we have had collaborations with many museums in the past. Other than this, it is business as usual which consists of movies, tv, stylists and retail venues.”