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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Stephen Webster Presents ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ in Beverly Hills!


Stephen Webster is delighted to present the latest in a series of exhibitions to be hosted in the brand’s US flagship store on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. The store’s ‘No Regrets’ lounge with play host to Elizabeth Taylor, a collection of photographs of the legendary star by British photographer Richard Young.
The exhibition opened on Wednesday, February 22nd comprising 18 iconic images in both color and black & white, paying homage to one of the world’s most glamorous stars. For the duration of the 5 week exhibition, 5% of all of the proceeds generated will be donated by Stephen Webster and Richard Young to Elizabeth Taylor’s charity amfAR, the foundation for AIDS research.
Stephen Webster’s early career saw him move to Santa Barbara in the 1980’s where his bold and iconic designs were quickly spotted by the jewelry-lover herself, Elizabeth Taylor. She commissioned the young designer to create a rose gold ring engraved with flowers and set with a lavender chalcedony stone together with a bracelet to match her famous violet eyes. Since then, Webster has gone on to design one-of-a-kind pieces for the likes of Madonna, Sharon Stone, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Jay Z and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.
Britain’s foremost celebrity photographer, Richard Young, will exhibit his most prized images of the late Elizabeth Taylor in a limited edition collection spanning almost 40 years of her life.
Richard & Susan Young with
Stephen Webster at Opening Reception
“He became friends with the people he photographed because he was such a warm person,” Webster comments. “Richard met everyone and became their friend, catching them in the perfect moment with his camera.”
Celebrity stylist Nikki Pennie, a native Brit who has contributed to the style of Kate Middleton, will be creating a window installation as a tribute to her most influential role model. The installation, titled ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ will incorporate Richard’s work along with a stunning selection of Stephen Webster jewelry.
The exhibition launched with a well attended,  private cocktail reception by invitation only!  at the Stephen Webster Gallery at 202 N. Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills; 310.246.9500
About Elizabeth Taylor
Born in London, Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM’s National Velvet (1944). It wasn’t long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). She reined the box office as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes, winning a countless amount of Academy Awards. Her personal life has been a tempest of love affairs, unsuccessful marriages and multiple medical problems. Upon the death of her friend, Rock Hudson in 1985, she began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers. Following her passing in March 2011, Taylor leaves behind a legacy of fame and fortune.
About Richard Young
Richard Young has an exceptional eye and unique approach as both a portraitist and photo journalist. His unerring ability to capture the moment and present a candid, inside view into the world of celebrity has resulted in iconic images that are celebrated in publications throughout the world. Richard has published three books, By Invitation Only, ¡Paparazzo!, and Shooting Stars. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and he has had several retrospectives. In recognition of his life and achievements, Richard will be the subject of a four-part Sky Arts documentary, directed by Don Letts and featuring contributions from notable celebrities including Sir Elton John, Kate Moss and Tracey Emin. Scheduled to air in Spring 2012, it will be an intimate portrayal of this remarkable man.
About Stephen Webster
Stephen Webster is one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation. Unmistakeable creativity, expert craftsmanship and unique vision are at the core of the brand’s dynamic collections that inspire story-telling glamour. Founded upon traditional British jewellery making, Stephen Webster has transcended into the global luxury jewellery brand of tomorrow. Coveted by icons and idols and respected by industry peers, Stephen Webster is celebrated for exquisitely crafted fine jewellery with an eternally chic aesthetic.
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