Maria Vittoria Albani Scala
Maria Vittoria Albani Scala (1929 - 2019) was born in Monza (Italy) in 1929, since 1944 Maria Vittoria Albani Scala has been the creative force behind Ornella Bijoux, the costume jewellery maker founded in Milan by her mother Piera Albani; in the second half of the twentieth century it would emerge to become a leading name in the world of Italian design and manufacturing.
In 1950 Albani Scala became official designer of the brand, combining metal and strass with a creative freedom that has become the hallmark of the design house, revealing the radiance and sheer elegance of her creative streak.
In the 1970s her designs took inspiration from a variety of sources, showing the influence of abstract art in their geometric elements and brightly coloured enamels, but also an ethnic touch in her use of natural materials such as rope, leather, and feathers, brought together with great flair and sense of balance.
Since the 1980s her designs have taken an Art Nouveau turn, where nature reigns supreme with a fabulous menagerie of beetles, birds and butterflies that metamorphose into rings and brooches made of gilded metals, enamels, opalescent pâte de verre and beads.
Albani Scala still works today, creating signature pieces of costume jewellery that are each unique and all handmade. Drawing from an archive of some forty thousand models, her sense of creativity knows no bounds in exploring new design solutions with the same inexhaustible spirit and impeccable taste that for over sixty years has seen her not only follow but set new trends in fashion.
She has designed collections for Biki, Céline, Swarovski, Dolce & Gabbana, and Borbonese.
Exhibitions and Awards
Sorelle Fontana award for high fashion accessories
Awarded the title of “Bottega Storica Milanese” (Historic Milanese Atelier)
Featured in the exhibition “Gioielli di gusto”, Palazzo Morando, Milan
Featured in the exhibition “L'arte del bijou. Bijoux italiani dalla dolce vita al Prêt-à-porter”, Palazzo Reale, Milan