Marry me — the name of a jewellery collection that features sultry blue eyes and red lips formed by diamonds. While the jewellery is playful, the name comes apt as the world celebrates International Women’s Day in March 8, which comes with the theme of gender parity.
The celebration highlights the UN campaign for gender equality in access to all levels of education, as well as for the end of all forms of discrimination and violence against all genders. In everyday life, gender equality can mean that wives can choose whether to work or run a household, that boys aren’t bullied for expressing a sensitive side, and even that girlfriends can say to their partners: “marry me”.
Looking at the career of Delfina Delettrez Fendi, the Italian artist behind the Marry Me collection, one sees a young lady who has broken out of traditional design language and claimed a niche for herself in the competitive landscape of modern art. In 2008, she became the youngest designer included in the permanent collection of fine jewellery at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Decoratifs, and in 2016, she was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30.
Delettrez is known for her use of figurative surrealism and natural iconography in her designs, which often feature hands, eyes, bees, and lips. Her latest work highlights the shapes and forms of jewels by placing them in ‘phantom settings’, so that the precious stones appear to be self-sufficient — floating on their own, not anchored or framed.
It seems a perfect metaphor for Delettrez, who has been able to carve a distinct reputation as a designer despite coming from the Fendi fashion family. She has proven that even a young lady can challenge old norms and come out not just successful, but respected.