Adore the Adorned

PFAC’s newest exhibition features designer jewels, clothes, bags and portraits

The exhibition showcased a variety of mediums, including dresses displayed throughout a main room. HANNAH LINDENBLAD / THE CAPTAIN’S LOG

By Kristen Ziccarelli

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s (PFAC) current art exhibition features a variety of displays capturing a variety of different aesthetics. Debuting on October 13, Adorn will run until early January and will then be replaced by an African Art Exhibit.

For these months, PFAC features a large-scale photography exhibition by John and Kim Wadsworth called CharismaSpheres along with a section by  Hungarian-American Fashion Designer Judith Leiber entitled “Earthly Delights.” Also showcased is an exhibition called “The Perfect Dress” and jewelry from Italian designer Roberto Coin. “Walk this way” is another exhibit with a variety of pieces previously judged and selected.

The “Earthly Delights” exhibit features pieces of Lieber’s world-famous collection, which include extremely high-priced day bags, belts and pillboxes. Leiber is known for detailed and refined pieces, most notably the Swarovski-encrusted minaudières (small purses without a strap) that are both practical and stunning.

Transitioning from accessories is “The Perfect Dress” portion of the exhibition. Featuring designers Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy and Romona Keveza, the dresses on display have stood the constantly changing fashion landscape and the test of time.


The Roberto Coin exhibit highlights his designer transformation throughout the years since he established his name in 1977. Embodied by his words that “fashion is changeable” and “style is not,”  Coin’s works showcases the process of design that encompasses cultural, natural and historical influences. The artifacts are loans courtesy of private collectors and Hauser’s Jewelers.

In the exhibit titled “Walk this Way,” viewers will notice the effect of fashion on art. Highlighted in this portion of the exhibit is the practical yet stylish handmade artifacts made by artists throughout the United States.

Finally, the CharismaSphere exhibit takes a turn to photography, where varieties of portraits balance out the other forms of art at PFAC. They describe ‘CharismaSphere’ as “an aura of adornment that reveals our persona to the world.”

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