Gleaming yellow gold, large link chains, statement gemstone pieces, dramatic diamonds and a more is more attitude toward jewelry help to define the character Patrizia Reggiani throughout the ‘80s and early 90s in real life and the biopic The House of Gucci. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, with costume designs by Janty Yates features Lady Gaga playing the role of Patrizia to the hilt. The movie is based on the book, The House Of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, by Sara Gay Forde. It is based on the true story of Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci ( played by Adam Driver in the film ) who gained control of the fashion label and spent extravagantly and then sold the company over the course of the 1980s and 1990s.
Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci wearing yellow gold jewelry.
The arc of the film takes place in the ‘80s, when after taking control of the house from Maurizio’s father Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons), Aldo (Al Pacino) and Paolo (Jared Leto) Patrizia finds out her husband is cheating with a younger woman and eventual abandons her, at which time she begins to plots his murder.
During this time, the jewels grow more over the top—and represent the lavish and excessively ornate 80’s glam and for this look Yates went to the house that represented the colorful and larger-than-life jewels of the time period—Bulgari.
She borrowed pieces from the heritage department and contemporary styles of the renowned brand of Bulgari for many of the main jewels and she also pulled jewelry from Boucheron for the real deal. She also mixed in in faux styles from a large costume house in Italy that provides pieces for film production for the many changes and looks that Lady Gaga wore throughout the film.
Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci wearing piles of jewelry.
A necklace from Bulgari’s Heritage Collection originally owned by the Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the daughter of actress Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Kahn is worn in one scene. It is designed with exclusively cut amethysts and citrines set in a triangular pattern, that is finished by emeralds, pink tourmalines and sapphires and diamonds.
Lady Gaga wearing a gemstone set necklace owned by the Princess Yasmin Aga Khan from the Bulgari Heritage Collection in The House of Gucci
There is also a ruby and diamond necklace and earring suite from Bulgari’s contemporary Le Magnifiche collection which features eleven oval rubies and 77 round brilliant cut diamonds.
Bulgari’s contemporary ruby and diamon necklace worn in the film.
A Boucheron piece with diamond pavé snake heads set in beaded gold accessorizes a white gown embroidered with pearls. Lada Gaga wears the same necklace on the cover of December’s Vogue.
We see a recreation of Patricia’s engagement ring, her nonchalant and flamboyant mixing and piling on of yellow gold bracelets, necklaces and a range of different bold on-the-ear and drop style earrings throughout the film. Two of the bracelets are 1970’s Bulgari amethyst and gold Tubogas bracelets. There are also Bulgari earrings from the late 1980s.
Lady Gaga in a recreation of the engagement ring Patricia received from Maurizio Gucci
Yates is no stranger to recreating a time period of a real life celebrity. She costumed a musical film version of the genius of Cole Porter and his wife Linda Porter for De-Lovely, released in 2004 and borrowed pieces from the archives of one of Porter’s closest friends Fulco di Verdura and also borrowed some of the house’s contemporary jewels that echoed the time period in which the film was set.
The 80s have been slowly seeing a comeback on the ready-to-wear runways and in the independent jewelry designer studios, and with the release of The House of Gucci, it will be no surprise if the extravagance and over-the-top feeling seeps into the collections we will be seeing in 2022.