Barbie Jewels

Federico Vianello, one of the teachers at Lorenzo de’ Medici as well as a lecturer at the faculty of Architecture of Florence, was asked to make the jewelry and accessories for the Barbie of Caterina de’ Medici. The project of the Caterina de’ Medici Barbie explores the system of relationships and cultural values to the Tuscan territory. Federico took on this job with the hope to show Florentine history and ability in creating a contemporary piece. His experience and expertise allowed him to produce something not just marvelous, but Barbie sized. His careful consideration of detail and dedication to his work is evident in every possible way when looking at the finished product. I had the pleasure of speaking with Federico where I learned about his values and ideals towards jewelry and his work. He stressed his desire to intertwine the past and the present to create an innovative future through jewelry. Federico, as well as the other jewelry teachers at Lorenzo de’ Medici, is a professional in his field. He is filled with passion and knowledge, something that I realized right away, and I look forward to speaking with him again soon.


finished Barbie necklace

finished Barbie of Caterina de’ Medici