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MY INTERVIEW WITH LUCA CASAROTTO ROMER ON VOGUE.it  !!!

In her suitcase you may find precious stones, cherry flowers and kimonos. Her room is an explosion of Asian pop cultures. Her life, a string of journeys, started at an early age and still going on. She created her first collection, The Western Orient, by mixing all this elements. We exchanged a few words with Beatrice Bongiasca, the most ‘kawaii’ among young designers


"My first question: I’m curious to know when you started developing you passion  for Asia“?
Since I was a child, my parents taught me to cultivate a passion for traveling. Exploring Indonesia, China, Japan or Thailand  I have learnt to know and appreciate different cultures, that have shaken up my life. At least aesthetically speaking.

”Is there something in particular that made you fall in love with the Far East?“
Not just something, lots of things! Among them the kawaii culture – all that we can define odd and nice – that regards everything, from the clothes to the attitude. It’s the street my primary source of inspiration. I liked to hang around, getting lost, looking for jade and precious materials coming from who knows what faraway markets. During my latest trips I had the chance to meet a special guide. Once we were in Panyu, a neighborhood of Guangzhou: I remember the guide took me to a five-storey mall that sold exclusively precious stones. I didn’t know where to start from, and came out with six kilograms of corals!

”This is what I call shopping… But tell me more about The Western Orient. “
My collection, like the kawaii culture, is conceived as an escape from reality, trying to find a harmony of colors and materials that make us forget about bad things in life. At the same time, however, behind its grace hides social condemnation of consumerism so widespread in the West  but that paradoxically is now also part of the Oriental daily life. You will therefore find pearls, a status symbol, embellished with small rice grains that exemplify the hard work of the Chinese people, as well as the importance of food, without which,  according to Mao Tse-Tung, the population would have rebelled. Some of the pieces, instead, hide the words “money” in three different languages. This is the reason why I use the banknote, a regular feature more or less evident throughout the collection.

”What stones did you choose? The mood board features pastel nuances, so I chose amethyst and topaz, jade, tourmaline, baroque and freshwater pearls, embellished with gold and silver.”What about the lookbook, which I find truly well-made?“
I live in London but I asked Giovanni Gastel to take the pictures so we did the shooting in Milan. It was rather funny, I had to carry on board my flight  a 26 kg suitcase crammed with  jewels, clothes and objects found during my trips. Besides, the night before I prepared the rice, went to China Town to get the noodles as ended my tour at a fast food place to buy cheeseburger and fries. The result, as you can see,  is a fusion of stereotypes. The two perspectives (Oriental and Western) blend together and the boundaries are blurred. The ensemble is accentuated by vibrant tones and by a model who has a cross-contaminated beauty.


”My last, obligatory, question: where can we get your marvelous creations?”
For the time being you may contact me at  my address, bbongiasca@gmail.com


But the moment I ask her if she is already working on a  new collection, she promptly answers: “Of course not, I still haven’t finished this one.” And, taking a sneak peak at her blog, I can see it’s true. There’s a whole world waiting to be turned into a piece of jewerly.

DI LUCA CASAROTTO ROMER

PUBLISHED: 07/30/2013 - 07:00

- See more at:

http://www.vogue.it/en/trends/the-trend-blog/2013/07/the-western-orient

<3 VOGUE GIOIELLO MARCH 2014 ISSUE <3 

Bea Bongiasca gold, jade and pearl earrings and pendants :)

12/13
Alessio de Navasques’ article on L’Officiel Italia online about my collection, Wester Orient. 

The Western Orient is the first collection by young designer Beatrice Bongiasca, after attaining her diploma from the Central Saint Martins School of London. Her pieces tell of an incredible journey in the pop-kitsch subconscious of oriental culture, through a crossover of languages and different means of communication. Like a true artistic project, every jewel confronts a different theme of communication: from the language of comics and manga to horoscopes, as well as the pop iconography of the dollar and Coca Cola. Objects of light, made from colored glazes, iridescent stones and baroque pearls that tell of a world that advances in an unbridled manner, from the importance of and the effect that the Asiatic world has on European culture. The connections and cultural references are memories of the travels and long periods spent by Beatrice between Korea, Japan and China. This cultural melting pot in an ironic and surreal key is rendered even more explicit from the fun shots of Giovanni Gastel, making this collection one of the most interesting and topical in the contemporary landscape of jewelry.

http://www.lofficielitalia.com/2013/12/beatrice-bongiascas-western-orient/

12/13

Alessio de Navasques’ article on L’Officiel Italia online about my collection, Wester Orient. 

The Western Orient is the first collection by young designer Beatrice Bongiasca, after attaining her diploma from the Central Saint Martins School of London. Her pieces tell of an incredible journey in the pop-kitsch subconscious of oriental culture, through a crossover of languages and different means of communication. Like a true artistic project, every jewel confronts a different theme of communication: from the language of comics and manga to horoscopes, as well as the pop iconography of the dollar and Coca Cola. Objects of light, made from colored glazes, iridescent stones and baroque pearls that tell of a world that advances in an unbridled manner, from the importance of and the effect that the Asiatic world has on European culture. The connections and cultural references are memories of the travels and long periods spent by Beatrice between Korea, Japan and China. This cultural melting pot in an ironic and surreal key is rendered even more explicit from the fun shots of Giovanni Gastel, making this collection one of the most interesting and topical in the contemporary landscape of jewelry.

http://www.lofficielitalia.com/2013/12/beatrice-bongiascas-western-orient/

Bea Bongiasca Kawaii Pearl Earrings (。♥‿♥。) in Vogue Accessory, December Issue (。♥‿♥。)

ARTRIBUNE, Jan-Feb 2014 Issue <3 Article by Alessio de Navasques <3

(≧◡≦)   On the Chinese website, Haibao.com   (≧◡≦)

http://www.haibao.com/article/1552611_2.htm

Winterson Pearls blogs about the collaboration they had with Central Saint Martins.

http://www.winterson.co.uk/blog/2013/06/csm-jewellery-2013-the-designers-part-i/


Beatrice Bongiasca in Pura & Ly Magazine, Issue 2.

http://issuu.com/puraandly/docs/issue_02/105?e=5203652/4250002

Beatrice Bongiasca featured in The Jewellery Editor's article on the Central Saint Martins Degree Show <3

http://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/2013/07/students-from-central-st-martins-reveal-their-remarkable-designs-as-part-of-the-annual-jewellery-design-degree-show/

My Kawaii Pearl Earrings in The Telegraph, Luxury, online in August. 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/2079/pearl-renaissance.html

My Kawaii Pearl Earrings in The Telegraph, Luxury, online in August. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/2079/pearl-renaissance.html

Beatrice Bongiasca on Annarusska.ru

http://annarusska.ru/jewellery/27559.html#top

From the GRAZIA.it article.
Credits: Collages by Therese Storc and photos by Giovanni Gastel.
http://www.grazia.it/moda/nuovi-talenti/beatrice-bongiasca-gioielli-orecchini-bracciale-pop-cina-giappone


From the GRAZIA.it article.

Credits: Collages by Therese Storc and photos by Giovanni Gastel.

http://www.grazia.it/moda/nuovi-talenti/beatrice-bongiasca-gioielli-orecchini-bracciale-pop-cina-giappone


From the GRAZIA.it article.

Credits: Collages by Therese Storc and photos by Giovanni Gastel.

http://www.grazia.it/moda/nuovi-talenti/beatrice-bongiasca-gioielli-orecchini-bracciale-pop-cina-giappone