He was a designer TO the designers. Ugo Correani (1935 - 1992) was an Italian fashion designer specializing in accessories and jewelry design. Though the public didn't know his name, behind the scenes he was a secret weapon for fashion designers. He had a long professional relationship with Gianni Versace. In 1984 they also began collaborating with La Scala, making the costumes and jewelry for its theater productions. He also collaborated with Valentino, Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, and Christian Lacroix among others.
When Correani died in 1992, he was unknown beyond the circles of fashion insiders and collaborators. He had no heirs, his archive disappeared, and his legacy and story were largely lost. His jewelry production runs were small due in part to the meticulous crafting of each piece. So his work is hard to find, highly-coveted, and its importance has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, Bazaar and other publications.
It was a thrill to find this signed vintage brooch by Correani. The pin has an urn-like shape, made of heavy gold-tone metal. It's set with large faceted crystal rhinestones and cabochons of faux red coral.
The pin measures 1 1/2 by 2 3/8 inches. The back has a secure tube clasp with an added pull-out guard on the end. The back is signed U.C. UGO CORREANI. Pin is circa 1980...in excellent vintage condition. Owning a piece by Correani is like sharing in one of jewelry design's great secrets.
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