Dominique Aurientis is a fashion designer born in 1953 in Aix-en-Provence, France. She graduated from the University of Paris, La Sorbonne and began her career working at the Christian Dior atelier. After four years at Dior, she worked at prestigious fashion houses including Givenchy, Chanel, Lanvin, Céline, Emilio Pucci and Ferragamo. She served as Isabel Canovas' director of design for five years before opening own company. "I loved doing accessories,'' she said, ''because you could play with all the materials. Marc Bohan taught me secrets of fashion. He still supports my business."
Dominique founded the Dominique Aurientis brand in 1986 and opened her first accessories and jewelry boutique in France. One of her internship students was the notable American interior designer, author, and television personality, Nate Berkus.
"Every piece is handmade, every chain is designed, every stone is cut specially," said Dominique. Her collection included jewelry, scarves, gloves, handbags and belts, all adorned with colored stones, pearls or gilded ornaments. Aurientis featured gold-washed metals with designs often based on animals and leaves.
The top department stores carried her collections including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harrods as well as shops in Europe and Asia. In the nineties, Dominique was one of the leading haute couture jewelry designers, and her designs have appeared in fashion magazines worldwide.
Always wear two cuffs, though they need not match. Never wear bold earrings with a matching bold necklace -it is too much. Instead, wear a necklace that harmonizes but doesn't compete.
Dominique adopted two children in Brazil and relocated her jewelry and interior design studio to Bali in the late 1990s. She worked with the local Balinese artisans and partnered with Indian and Thai studios. She was inspired to use traditional and eco-friendly methods in her creative process.
After moving back to Paris in 2000, Dominique worked as a consultant for prominent Italian brands including Emilio Pucci. In 2008, she opened her Dominique Aurientis on-line boutique. Dominique currently lives and designs from Provence in the south of France. Her opulent vintage pieces are available in both brick-and-mortar boutiques worldwide and online stores.
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