6 February 2017
Ilenia Corti was raised in a family of jewellers, dedicated to the craft since 1969. After having grown up on bread and jewels, and having collaborated with the giants of luxury accessories, including Dolce e Gabbana, Casadei, Cacharel, Acne Studios, Marimekko and Emilio Pucci, she decided to open her own brand, Vernissage, in 2010. Her main source of inspiration is nature; insects like beetles and ants are found throughout her multi-coloured, enamel collections. Vernissage is made in Italy by the artisans of Santagostino, the leading jewellery company belonging to Ilenia’s family. Thanks to her upbringing, she has a familiarity with the craft, and has spread her artistic wings to create series of bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings based on insect figures, which have a plastic aspect generated by an approach that is closer to making sculpture than jewellery.