Silver: From Fetish to Fashion

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This book is about our quest for silver adornments. Through it we wish to share our fascinating Odyssey, which lured us from fetish to fashion.Innocently enough, our collecting started when I traveled to Cairo while Serga remained in the States. We had met in Tehran and been reacquainted in New York. As a small token for her birthday, I picked out a Bedouin necklace of chunky corals, interspersed with silver beads, and sent it to her by messenger. While she claimed to be delighted by my attention, eventually I noticed that she seldom wore this neckpiece. I like to tease Serga with her response . . . “that she had . . . nothing compatible with which to wear it!” I should interject here that Serga was born in Iran and that compatriots from her social stratum would never consider silver as an adequate “parrure.” For them, gold, emeralds, turquoises and precious stones constitute the only valid adornments. So I claim that our entire silver collection has been an attempt to satisfy my Persian lady's need to find pieces to match my original lowly silver necklace offering! Ornithologists would delight in a comparison between my activities and those of several of the “bower bird” species that behave as avian architects for their complex courting rituals.

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A fascination with silver lured Daniel and Serga Nadler onto a global quest spanning many years and countries. Their search for authentic tribal and ethnic jewelry led to the realization that fashion everywhere rules both costumes and accessories. To the famous dictum of male sartorial elegance: “Clothing makes the man,” the authors add: “and jewelry defines the woman.” Their quest's outcome is this magnificent volume viewing adornments through the prism of fashion. It also details a series of indefatigable and often humorous journeys as the authors scour markets, villages, and shops in search of extraordinary silver jewelry and accessories.From the Foreword written by Tiffany & Co.'s Design Director, John Loring — a noted silver jewelry expert in his own right — plus a brilliant Introduction by Harold Koda, Curator of the Fashion Institute at New York's Metropolitan Museum, to a discussion with the fashion world's icon, Oscar de la Renta, silver's reputation as a precious metal is undeniable. The book opens with the chapter “Accessorize !” The reader then joins the authors' travels around the globe, discussing their search for silver and the local customs, workmanships and styles. Their tale explores silver's traditions in Egypt; Tunisia; the Western Maghreb; the Middle East; Greece and Turkey; Russia and the Caucasus; –Turkmenistan; the Indian Subcontinent; the Indonesian Archipelago; the nationalities of Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, and Southern China); the Indians of the American Southwest; Mexico, and concludes with contemporary designers.The Nadlers' collection is stunning and the journey which the reader is taken on is — like the pieces themselves — truly magnificent !

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Daniel Nadler's lifelong avocation for photography is continuing to receive public exposure. The Faces of Man, an exhibit of portraits he took around the world, opens as a one-man show at The National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street, East of Park Avenue,) New York City, from Monday, April 19th through Sunday, May 2nd, 2004. On April 26th, it also opens for six months at the Park Avenue Club, in Florham Park, New Jersey.Nadler's work is best exemplified by his portraits. His powerful photographs in The Faces of Man, provide a vision of humanity from the most disparate parts of the world: Iranians from the Fars, Mazanderan and Gilan provinces, Mayas from Mexico's Yucatan, highlanders from Chiapas, descendants of freed slaves from the Cockpit country of Jamaica, Turks, hill tribespeople from Thailand, Egyptians of the upper and lower Nile, Chinese from the Yunnan, Indians from Rajasthan, and more. Nadler says : “These men, women and children from all walks of life, have the self-confidence to look in the eyes of a stranger with an odd hat and two cameras strapped across his chest, and to smile.” The governing thread that runs through these portraits is a "joie de vivre" which bonds subjects together despite their origin, age or gender. Or do these portraits express Daniel Nadler's own "joie de vivre" that he imparts to those he encounters ? "Fundamentally, people represent the essence of any region," Nadler notes. "I am drawn to individuals who are characteristic, representing a nugget of life that still has not been homogenized into the industrialized world. I single them out at random and they are flattered when asked to pose. Normally they respond warmly, as you can see by their smiles, with pride of identity. Some Middle Easterners, or other groups may object to being photographed, but they are in the minority.” Born in Egypt to European parents, Daniel Nadler emigrated to New York at age fifteen. Graduating from Cornell, he served as an officer in the Air Force in Tachikawa, Japan, where he honed his photographic skills. There he would be lured away on weekends and holidays to rice fields and multitudes of shrine festivals. "I found myself lying on my belly in the middle of Shinto purification rites, or standing on a pediment to photograph a procession. I felt compelled to capture the essence of what I was seeing." Returning to New York, he went on to establish an outstanding career as a Construction Manager, working on many high-rise office and apartment buildings in the States, Belgium, Iran, and Egypt.Still trying to capture the essence of what he sees, Daniel Nadler's second book : Iran the Beautiful recently appeared in bookstores. This lavish coffee-table book illustrates, in 170 color photographs, the magnificence of Iran and its peoples-- from surging Mt. Damavand to the splendid Safavid monuments of Isfahan; from the sere deserts of the Dasht el Kevir to the lush forests of the Gilan.Nadler responds best, seeing things for the first time with a cold or naked eye. “One can see with clarity everything that is new, before novelty fades and familiarity sets in.” "As an example” he recalls : "in Burma I was struck by bullock-drawn carts and ploughs. I ran after every team, attempting to capture the immense strength of the huge beasts dragging carriages, tilling rice fields and engaging in bullock races. But how many buffalos can you run after ? Soon the eye 'warms up' and the novelty wears off.” Nadler only shoots in color : "The only technical aspect of photography I consider important is depth-of-field. To me this is what renders images viable. I have just converted to digital images from film, and coping with this cutting edge technology is providing a fascinating re-education.” Daniel Nadler and his wife Serga live in New York City. When not traveling on their photographic expeditions, they have been busy authoring two other books : China to Order (Vilo International, published in 2001) and Silver: From Fetish to Fashion (PDN Publishing, 2005) which is being prepared for printing.

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Buchbeschreibung Eine Faszination für Silber hat die Eheleute Daniel und Serga Nadler veranlasst, rund um die Welt zu reisen um über mehrere Jahre immer wieder aufregende Schmuckstücke zu erstehen. Ihr Bestreben galt besonders authentischen Arbeiten, die sich auf kulturelle Stammesgebiete beziehen oder ethnisch interessante Hintergründe bergen. Dabei realisierten sie die Macht der Mode, die überall auf der Welt eine magische Auswirkung auf die Trachten und dessen Accessoires hat. Der vorliegende Band nimmt den Leser mit auf die spannende Reise nach unterschiedlichen Schmuckstücken und stellt im Folgenden die unglaublich facettenreiche Sammlung des Ehepaares Nadler vor. Hierbei ist ein Vorwort des Design Direktors der Firma Tiffany & Co. inbegriffen, John Loring, der ein Experte im Bereich des Silberschmuckes ist. Zudem ergänzt der Kurator des Mode Instituts des Metropolitan Museums, Harold Koda, den Band durch eine brillante Einleitung. Eine spannende Geschichte des beliebten Schmuckes, der sich seinen Weg vom Fetisch bis hin zur Mode gebahnt hat. (Text engl.) 33,5 x 25,5 cm, 415 S., durchgehend farbige Abb., Ln. Artikel-Nr. 468312

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Buchbeschreibung Pdn Publisch., 30.09.2005., 2005. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. Auflage: 1. 416 Seiten Sehr gutes Exemplar bei minimalen Spuren am SU 600 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 3240 33,3 x 25,7 x 5,3 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Artikel-Nr. 101661

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