“I only like fake jewellery,” Coco Chanel famously declared. She was onto something when she claimed cheap as chic and started introducing couture clientele to costume jewellery; her faux jewels have remained a timeless trend and some of the most coveted vintage finds. At present day, these statement pieces made from inexpensive material have continued to make their way into the jewellery boxes of collectors and fashion denizens.
BAZAAR has the exclusive story fleshed in an indulgent narration of pictorials from behind the illusive walls of Antonia Ghazlan Vintage showroom. The scene is set: cupboard doors open, panoramas are revealed and secrets are engraved as each little tale unfolds.
Antonia Ghazlan’s bespoke business of high end antique jewellery and vintage accessories is a well kept secret. A true gem residing in the personal enclave of her home, Antonia sets the pace of her passion, curating a hand picked selection of costume jewellery that conjures the glitz of past era’s, many pieces being museum quality.
The lineage of products extend to “art to wear” pendants accented with tassels, deco style lucite collars and dripping bib designs to vintage art deco pieces of runway stature. Most desirably within her showroom is an illusive pair of Ugo Correani for Versace gold cuffs and a spectacular Oscar de la Renta seven pendant bib necklace, each pendant detachable to double its function as a brooch.
Perhaps most intriguing is Antonia’s story which pales in comparison to her current lifestyle as a wife and mother of two. Back in 1989, Antonia began her career in fashion with her own namesake label in London. Whilst always around vintage jewellery to which she defined as a “family obsession”, her luxury lingerie line thrived for two decades with a presence at some of the holy grail of fashion’s most iconic luxury goods department stores, Le Bon Marche in Paris, Liberty in London and Henri Bendall in New York.
She narrates tall tales of her experiences in personal anecdotes with a candid charm. I am educated with a plethora of names with each visit as I immerse into the realms of Trifari, Eisenberg and Renoir. There is never a dull moment at the Antonia Ghazlan Vintage showroom as her stories sparkle with the same exuberance as her jewellery.
Today, Antonia still breathes an entrepreneurial spirit and passion to make a difference in the Malaysian Arts scene, lending her expertise to projects across the national terrains of Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Her initiatives are of great camaraderie as Antonia orchestrates and organises several reputable antique fairs and vintage bazaars across the annual calendar. Along with partners and friends she often takes the hands-on role of curating a line up of fellow antique aficionados as well as aspiring vintage entrepreneurs.
From the glitzy Gatsby inspired gems to the colourful and chunky beads of the 1980s, Antonia Ghazlan has spoilt us with a delectable spread of what seems to be an endless (and abundant) supply of costume jewellery. Guilt-free glamour in its purest form.
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