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BARRY KIESELSTEIN-CORD BIO

Barry Kieselstein-Cord is that rare artist in the design and fashion world who speaks his mind, bucks trends and decrees of direction, and whose firm has remained a potent force in the industry for more than thirty-five years.

 Cord is an award winning artist, designer and photographer of the first magnitude. He is also an entrepreneur. Though he often sees the world through the eyes of the poet, his unique combination and skill-set allow him to imagine, create and deploy his concepts on a successful global basis. While he knows the power of a beautiful object, he also knows that it has no power at all unless it succeeds in the marketplace. 

His unusual combination of artistic expression and commercial prowess have made him one of the world’s most successful and respected artist-designers—a winner of fashion’s version of the Oscar, the Council of Fashion Designers of America award, and a favorite of a mind-boggling array of tastemakers and celebrities, from Tom Hanks to Spike Lee, Oprah to Jerry Bruckheimer, Georg Soros to Sharon Stone, Steven Spielberg to Jay-Z to Vladimir Putin, Eric Clapton to Barak Obama, Madonna to Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen to Bob Pittman,  Henry Kravis to Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld to Wayne Gretzky and more. 

His work—personally created as art objects—has a sense of style ungoverned by the whims of fashion. In fact, to quote Women’s Wear Daily, “His pieces are collected as if they were works of art.” His bold, sculptural, and simultaneously sophisticated and unpretentious pieces are coveted because they are much more than jewelry and accessories; they are art. They have been acquired into the permanent collections of the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Louisiana but, more importantly, are valued by individual collectors who display them everyday day in the world’s greatest gallery in the world—its streets.  According to The New York Times, “Kieselstein-Cord has established a following, in fact it has become a Legion.” 

“I decided to be an artist when I was about eight—I announced it to anyone who would listen,” Cord has said. “My primary interest at that moment was North American Indian art. This was my first influence between the ages of eight and fourteen. I produced large-scale carvings and effigies and interpretations. At ten I started to bury objects and metal in the ground to observe color and patina changes. Between fourteen and twenty-two, my focus switched to painting and metalwork. I never looked back. From the earliest moments I can recall fascination with all past cultures and an intense attraction to art and architecture.” 

Educated at Parsons School of Design, New York University, and the American Craft Institute, Cord first entered the creative world as an advertising art director and television producer. Before leaving the industry, he was awarded the advertising world’s top creative honors. During this period, he worked with Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Burt Stern and Hiro. He later worked with Albert Watson and Horst P. Horst. 

Cord started his business in 1972; Georg Jensen introduced his jewelry to the world the following year. The collection’s unique combination of innovative finishes, bold themes and fine craftsmanship captured the world’s attention. In 1976, he introduced what would become the first of his status belt buckles and the fashion world flocked to his door. In 1979, he won the first of two Coty Awards—followed by fashion’s ultimate accolade, the CFDA award. But seeing his designs worn by the sexiest, most stylish and powerful women and men in the world triumphed all success in Cord’s eye.

By the 1980s, Cord was established as one of America’s most sought-after artist-designers, and his company, Kieselstein-Cord, based in Manhattan, began to grow until it also included handbags, luggage, home furnishings, eyewear and other fine accessories. In 1985, he opened the first of many in-store boutiques at Bergdorf Goodman. He was also a pioneer in protecting the rights of artists—standing up when his work was copied, or in fashion parlance, “knocked off” by counterfeiters. After a two-year battle and at great personal expense, he was responsible for establishing case law that today protects designers and artists around the world. 

Today, over 25,000 designs later, Barry Kieselstein-Cord remains an astonishingly successful designer and imaginative entrepreneur, and true to his personal vision. His pieces—every one of which is signed, dated and copyrighted—are widely sought after as instant classics that also bring in high prices at auctions. 

Though Cord’s close friends and associates say he works twenty-five hour days eight days a week, he also finds time to cut fields on his farm in NY’s Hudson Valley, repair fences and fix ancient tractors and boardwalks across marshes that surround his property. His farm is abundant with rare flora and fauna of which he often draws inspiration from. The farm is his renewable resource and provides never-ending sustainable creative encouragement to fill his mind’s eye, ultimately providing the catalyst for many new projects. 

In the fall of 2012, Cord published his fist photography collection, drawing from the archives of well over forty years’ photographic experience. The book, titled Awarded, debuted with his second photographic show in the last decade and met with critical acclaim. Cord is already working on a second book to be accompanied by a global show. 

Cord is currently planning to launch a newly platformed company, one imbued with technological innovation and a fresh definition of what luxury means.

 KIESELSTEIN-CORD PRESS

KIESELSTEIN-CORD PECOS CONCHAS BUCKLE
FEATURED IN VOGUE MAGAZINE
KIESELSTEIN-CORD VERO PENDANT WITH DIAMONDS
FEATURED IN L'UOMO MAGAZINE
KIESELSTEIN-CORD ALLIGATOR BUCKLE
FEATURED IN PEOPLE MAGAZINE
KIESELSTEIN-CORD FLAME CUFF WITH DIAMONDS
FEATURED IN THE RITZ CARLTON

BARRY KIESELSTEIN-CORD AWARDS

Kieselstein-Cord Awards:

Sylvester Foundation Humanitarian Award

Silver Slipper Award, Houston Museum of Fine Arts

COTY American Fashion Critics Award

CFDA Award

Illustrators Society Award, New York

Hollywood Radio & Television Society Award

Art Directors Club Awards, New York

Kieselstein-Cord in the permanent Collections:

The Louvre, Paris, France

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Louisiana State Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Reference Books featuring Kieselstein-Cord:

The Day the Factory Died, by Christophe Von Hohenberg

Confessions of A Window Dresser, by Simon Doonan

The Charm of Charms, by Jade Albert and Ki Hackney, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Vanity: The Art of Looking Good, by Linda Abrams, Red Rock Press

Handbags: The Power of the Purse, by Anna Johnson, Workman Publishing

Handbags, A Lexicon of Style, by Valerie Steel & Laird Borelli, Scriptum Editions

Cadogan Publications

What Should I Wear? Dressing for Occassions, by Kim Gross & Jeff Stone. Alfred A. Knopf

Chic Simple - Belts, by Christa Worthington. Alfred A. Knopf

Contemporary Fashion, by Richard Martin. St. James Press

The Art of Accessories, by Dorothy Torem. Schiffer Publications

The Sporting Life, by Larry & Carol Sheehan.  Clarkson N. Potter

A Social History of the American Alligator, by Vaughn L. Glasgow.

St. Martin’s Press

Letter From New York, by Yusuke Suga.  Kobunsha Bunko

Perry Ellis – A Biography, by Jonathan Moore. St. Martin’s Press

Who’s Who in Fashion, by Anne Stegemeyer.  Fairchild Publications

The Cowboy Catalog, by Sandra Kauffman Potter

Kieselstein-Cord Exhibitions:

A Different View. Fine art photography by Barry Kieselstein-Cord. Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York City, New York

Television programs featuring Kieselstein-Cord:

The Girls' Guide to Hunting & Fishing.  Warner Independent Pictures, with Alec Baldwin, Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Nanny Diaries. Miramax Films, with Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney

The Devil Wears Prada, 20th Century Fox; Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway

Welcome to Mooseport,  Gene Hackman, Marcia Gay Harden, Christine Baranski. 20th Century Fox. Gold jewelry, Silver jewelry, and belts.

Three to Tango,  Neve Campbell. Warner Brothers Pictures.  Gold jewelry, Sterling Silver Sport jewelry, handbags and belts.

A Civil Action, With John Travolta. Touchstone Pictures. Gold Jewelry.

Curdled, With William Baldwin. Tinderbox Films.  Gold Jewelry, Bags & Belts.

Dolores Claiborne, Gold jewelry worn exclusively by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Mother's Boys,  Jamie Lee Curtis & Tony Goldwin. Miramax (CBS Entertainment).

Basic Instinct,  Gold Jewelry & Belts worn exclusively by Sharon Stone.

Barry Kieselstein-Cord’s works have been featured in the following publications among others:

25ans (Japan)

Architectural Digest

Aspen

Aspen Country

Aspen Magazine

Avenue

Beverly Hills 213

Beverly Hills News

Boca Raton

Bolero

Brutus Casa

Channel

Cigar Aficionado

Cosmopolitan

Daily News

Dallas Morning News

Departures

Detour

Elle

Elle Décor

Equidaie

Figaro

Forbes

Fortune

Good Housekeeping

Gotham

GQ

Hamptons

Hamptons Country

Harper's Bazaar

InStyle

InSync

International Herald Tribune

Interview

Japan Avenue

La Mia Casa

Lear's

Léonce

Lustre

Maire Claire

Manhattan File

Manner Vogue

Messemagazin (Dusseldorf)

Mirabelle

Miss (Japan)

Modern Jeweler

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

New Jersey Life

New York

New York Post

Ocean Drive

Palm Beach Illustrated

Palm Beach Society

People

Point of View

Quest

Schmuck Magazin

Stern

The Globe and Mail

The London Times

The New York Times

The New Yorker

The Robb Report

The Star-Ledger

Town & Country

Tycoon

Ultra

Vanity Fair

Vogue

Vogue (Deutsch)

Vogue (Italia)

Vogue (Paris)

W

Wallpaper

Woman's Wear Daily

Worth Avenue

 

MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS

The Louvre, Paris, France

Alligator Trophy Handbag

Charlotte Handbag

Alligator Buckle on black lizard strap

Winged Victory Buckle on black calfskin strap

Serpent Buckle on honey lizard strap

Winchester Buckle on black lizard strap

Classic Horse Buckle on black livery strap

Women of the World Muse Ring

Alligator Bracelet

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Women of the World Elisabetta Cross Pendant on Pyrite Beads

Women of the World Cuff Bracelet

Alligator Buckle on black alligator strap

Serpent Buckle on black lizard strap

Squirrel Buckle on brown lizard strap

Classic Horse Buckle on black calfskin strap

Alligator Trophy Handbag

Charlotte Handbag

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas

Alligator Bracelet

Women of the World Muse Ring

Alligator Trophy Handbag

Alligator Buckle on black lizard strap

Winged Victory Buckle on black calfskin strap

Serpent Buckle on honey lizard strap

Winchester Buckle on black lizard strap

Classic Horse Buckle on black calfskin strap

Louisiana State Museum,, New Orleans, Louisiana

Round Alligator Earrings

Long Alligator Earrings

Alligator Bracelet

Alligator Bracelet

Alligator Buckle on black alligator strap

Alligator Buckle on khaki alligator strap

Alligator Trophy Handbag

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Dallas, Texas

Cowgirl Buckle

Cowgirl Buckle

Cowgirl Earrings

Cowgirl Cufflinks

Cowgirl Bolo

BARRY CORD'S ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT MAY BE VIEWED AT:

www.kieselstein-cord-photography.com

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