When you happen to read about stories like the one of the 29 year old jewelry designer Heaven Tanudiredja, you start believing to fairy tales.
His fashion life started when he was 15 years old, working as an assistant designer in Indonesia. He then studied and graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp in Belgium and soon had some working experiences at Galliano, first, and Dries Van Noten later. But the fact is he never intended to become a jewelry designer: he just made a first jewel for a teacher of his at school, she liked it, everybody noticed it and people started placing orders. Heaven himself says he started as an accessories designer just because he had no budget to start a womanswear fashion label… and now his jewels, all hand beaded in his studio in Antwerp, are sold for around 5.000 $ at Barneys New York, just to name one.
He uses a lot of vintage beads because of his love, inherited by his mother, for 19th century antique pieces, especially 1930. He used to browse Porte de Clignancourt flea market in Paris looking for beautiful ancient glass beads, and that’s why his jewels are so unique and personal.
For me, it’s like if exotic flowers meet robotic shapes, giving the woman who wears his creation a super contemporary but in some way cyborg-romantic allure.
At the moment Heaven is still thinking about a clothing collection, though. He says: With jewelry, you only have the space around the neck to work in, and that’s it, you have to put everything there: your thoughts, your creativity. It’s almost like a dream, and the clothes bring it into reality.