Delfina Delettrez Fendi is a designer and jeweller based in Rome. She founded her company, Delfina Delettrez, in 2007. Since the inception of her brand, she has developed a signature perspective using a wide material vocabulary, manifested in her original use of figurative surrealism and natural iconography including hands, eyes, bees, and lips. These adorn different parts of the anatomy, in a continuous game of echoes.
Delettrez’s latest work explores a more conceptual sense of the surreal: instead of adding, she now subtracts, viewing precious stones as self-sufficient in themselves and creating ‘phantom settings’ which give the illusion of fine jewels floating around the body.

The unique aesthetic of Delettrez’s work comes from the marriage of classical goldsmith techniques with innovative contemporary materials, progressing traditional Italian craftsmanship to create modern, futuristic jewels. Her kinetic pieces – tourbillon bracelets and rings with spinning concentric layers of precious metal, or expandable hinged bracelets named “Detaille Unique” – utilise the excellence of traditional Italian

handicraft, mixing it with postmodern inspirations, the pieces are a fusion of past and future. Delettrez’s designs are hyper-modern, but still hand-made in her Roman atelier that she established in 2007.

 

2017

March – Delfina Delettrez presented her collection 360° during Paris Fashion Week.  ‘A refined hybrid between the ancient and the hypermodern. An exploration of a kaleidoscopic optical prism and a celebration of craft and the raw material’.

October – Delfina Delettrez presented her collection TWIN, a tale of kindred contrasts, during Paris Fashion Week.

2016

January Delfina Delettrez was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and is part of the 500BoF – The people shaping the global fashion industry.

February – A selection of works are included in Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the fifth instalment of the museum’s signature contemporary design exhibition series with a focus on aesthetic innovation.

March – Delfina Delettrez introduced PORTRAIT, the collection of rings take inspiration from her generation’s fascination with emoticons and their increased visibility in modern language. Merged with her ever popular Dots rings, the fine rings evolve into seven new characters all with their own emotions and personalities.

April – POLICROMIA FENDI Timepieces: A voyage through time from the mysterious myth to the future, Policromia is the new exclusive Fendi Timepieces watch designed in collaboration with Delfina Delettrez.

June – TODAY TOMORROW A collection of one-of-a-kind unique fine jewellery is designed to coincide with the Mount Street Boutique’s one year anniversary. The unique pieces are crafted from traditional stones of yesterday combined with contemporary design of tomorrow in the Roman atelier to forge a timeless classic that speak both of the past and the future.

June – ABC – A celebration of womanhood and the power of giving life. For this collection, Delfina Delettrez puts a contemporary reinterpretation on the tradition of gifting precious jewels to new born babies.

September – Delfina Delettrez presents her new collection DROPS at Almine Rech Gallery in Paris.

December – Delfina Delettrez won the “PREMIO GIOVANI IMPRESE – Believing in the Future” award.

2015

February – Delfina Delettrez opened her first London boutique, located at 109 Mount Street, Mayfair. A contemporary cabinet de curiosité, the store is comprised of two floors spanning 650 square feet and was designed in collaboration with architect Rafael de Cárdenas.

February also saw the release of A Magazine Curated By Delfina Delettrez, a landmark issue which focused on the abstract theme of ‘gold’ with contributions from an international array of artist, designers, photographers, stylists, architects and philosophers.

March – Delfina Delettrez presented the MARRY ME collection, a reinterpretation and contemporary look at the traditional jewellery codes and design concepts of wedding jewellery for which she asks “Why do women who refuse standard love accept a standard ring?” The collection also sees the introduction of the Nose Engagement Ring, worn on the septum or wing of the nose offering further an engaging alternative.

June – Delfina Delettrez introduced EARclipse for Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2015, a fine jewellery collection of elliptical double earrings inspired by an observation of the lunar eclipse as an alchemical event.

September – The FACETED collection is presented at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris. Introducing the finely jewelled Portrait Broach, imagined in different forms to become customisable. The piece becomes a marriage between art and jewellery.

2014

March – Delfina Delettrez created a short film with Daniel Sannwald to launch her GOLD VEIN collection. The film charts an imaginary, temporal journey beyond space and time to create a surreal vision of another world.

March – Delfina Delettrez for FENDI MOON DUST jewellery collection, “From the Earth to the Galaxy, a mutation of rocks come to life” This is the idea behind Fendi’s jewellery collection.

September – She presented her HANDroid collection, an exploration of high jewellery and body movement and a study of hyper anatomy at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris.

2013

March – Delfina Delettrez creates a short film MAGIC TRIANGLE in collaboration with Daniel Sannwald to present her eponymous collection.

September – Delfina Delettrez presented her NEVER TOO LIGHT collection at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris. The collection focused on light, weightless, timeless.

September – Delfina Delettrez for FENDI FURRY TALES jewellery collection: this daring collection brought together the Eye, one of Delfina’s signature design motifs, and Fur, Fendi’s symbol and icon.

2012

February – Delfina Delettrez for Kenzo: Delfina Delettrez designed jewels for the Menswear Fall-Winter 2013 collection.

March – METALPHYSIC collection is presented at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The pieces, are created using ancient artisanal goldsmith techniques and the detailing of the micro-mosaics, celebrate the miraculous architecture in Rome’s churches and palaces from antiquity and the modern day.

March – Delfina Delettrez for Kenzo: bows and eyes crossed the catwalk of the Womenswear Fall-Winter 2013 Collection.

June – Gallery Antonella Villanova featured a solo exhibition in Florence entitled “Delphinarium”. A comprehensive look at Delfina Delettrez’s path as a jeweller that included a selection of one of a kind and limited edition pieces, carefully selected from the ten collections that Delettrez created during her five years as a jeweller.

September – Delfina Delettrez’ INFINITY collection plays with reflection, material architecture and optical illusions, continuing the designer’s interest in collectible, mixed-media jewellery with unexpected twists. The collection features faceted metals with highly polished reflective surfaces inset with pearls and precious stones that, like a hall of mirrors, create the impression of infinity.

November – Delfina Delettrez opens an exhibition at Galleria O., Roma. She presented a selected number of iconic jewellery pieces belonging to different collections she created between 2010 and 2012.

December – A solo exhibition of Delfina Delettrez was showcased by Antonella Villanova gallery at Design Miami 2012.

2011

March – An old assembly line from the 1950s is used to display the new collection named ROLL-IN STONES, presented in Paris Saint Germain’s former theatre.

March – Delfina Delettrez for Kenzo: for the Fall-Winter 2012 womenwear collection, Delfina Delettrez designed a collection of jewels inspired by interior accents such as bowls of walnuts and fruits. Real walnuts are preserved in resin and encased in walnut shells crafted from metal.

September – Delfina Delettrez creates a series of special items for the Gagosian Gallery Shop in New York. A special edition of one of her iconic pieces: the “Stonehand” bracelet.

October – Launch of LOVE IS IN THE HAIR collection in the Saint Germain space. The collection was presented on 11 dynamic hair sculptures inspired by historical woman and fantastical characters.

September – Delfina Delettrez for Kenzo: the second collaboration with the French Maison for the Summer 2012 women’s collection is introduced.

December – Love is in the Hair collection is presented in Rome in the Delfina Delettrez’s Pop-up store located in the historical Fendi boutique in Rome in Via Borgognona.

2010

March – MY WORLD is presented in a singular space, a former theatre from the 1930’s in the heart of Saint Germain, Paris. Light and dimensions frame the “World Jewellery” sitting in transparent plexiglass globes.

On the same occasion “Arty Shoes” a collaboration between Delfina Delettrez and the shoes designer Giuseppe Zanotti is introduced.

September – Delfina Delettrez’s new collection explores the ambiguous overlapping of feminine and masculine giving sensuality to male items: shirts, collars and cuffs, jacket revers is the theme of this ironic jewellery collection, WE–MEN.

The second collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti is also inspired by the masculine-feminine style, with collar and button details.

December – WE-MEN collection is presented at Art Basel Miami Beach by Tomas Maier Gallery.

2009

January – Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris purchases the “Kiss a Frog” ring and “Original Sin” bracelet, to be part of the permanent collection in the Jewellery section.

March – Delfina Delettrez presented GARDEN OF DELIGHT inspired by dreamlike visions, ancient beliefs and superstition. The jewels were displayed on stuffed animals at Deyrolle, Paris.

June – Delfina Delettrez created special jewels designed for “I am Love” directed by Luca Guadagnino featuring Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson and Alba Rohrwacher.

October – ANATOMIK is presented at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The pieces were displayed on “Roman” columns have protruding mouths, eyes, hands and eyes.

2008

September – Presentation of Delfina Delettrez’s collection DELIRIUM at Le Grand Véfour: the mythical restaurant of the XVIII century, at Palais Royal in Paris. On the same occasion she also presented a sunglasses collection created in collaboration with Alain Mikli.

2007

October Delfina Delettrez launches the first collection “Original Sin” at Colette, Paris