1980s Plastic Earrings Memphis Design Group Style 1980s Ettore Sottsass Milan
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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This is a wonderful pair of earrings made in the style of the Memphis Group, an Italian designer collective founded by Ettore Sottsass in 1981. Their designs featured colourful combinations in a geometric style that drew on art deco and pop art influences.
This pair was made by Continental, a Montreal, Canada based jewelry manufacturer founded in 1943 and known for making rhinestone jewelry during the 1950s and 60s. They became the largest jewelry manufacturer in Canada, and supplied all of the major Canadian department stores. They employed European designers, so it is not surprising to find this perfect Memphis design pair on one of their cards. The earrings are constructed as a green wedge juxtaposed on a larger orange wedge with an ochre gold half-orb affixed between the flat edge of the green wedge and the point of the orange wedge. They are for pierced ears and each is made with a post and clutch fastener. I don’t think that they were ever used - there is no sign of wear at all.
These were not cheap plastic earrings, costing $8.50 during the 1980s - wonderful examples, fun 80s fashion!