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Wendy Gell Media & Press

Through the years, Wendy’s handmade jewelry and gifts have been featured in many magazines, books and articles. Here are a few of Wendy’s favorites. You can see famous celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Drew Barrymore, Andi MacDowell, Demi Moore, Brooke Shields and Oprah sporting Wendy’s fabulous jewels below. Wendy Gell jewelry has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Bazaar, Harpers and more.

 

Cindy Crawford in Wendy Gell Cherub earrings on the cover of Harpers and Queen in Great Britain.

Cindy Crawford in Wendy Gell Cherub earrings on the cover of Harpers and Queen in Great Britain.

Beautiful Cindy Crawford in Wendy Gell's dangle earrings.

Beautiful Cindy Crawford in Wendy Gell’s dangle earrings.

A satirical picture of a 'Wendy Gell Look Alike' in a costume jewelry book.

Satirical picture of a ‘Wendy Gell Look Alike’ in a costume jewelry book.

Andie MacDowell in a pair of Silver Wristies

Andie MacDowell in a pair of Silver Wristies

We had a wonderful interview in V , the cutting-edge NY fashion magazine. September 2003

We had a wonderful interview in V, the cutting-edge NY fashion magazine. September 2003

Andie MacDowell, a great smile and sparkling pair of earrings in American Vogue

Andie MacDowell, a great smile and sparkling pair of earrings in American Vogue

Scarves were a fun addition to the jewelry lines.

Scarves were a fun addition to the jewelry lines.

Brooke Shields wearing the famous

Brooke Shields wearing the famous “Brooke Earrings” we named for her. Vogue magazine

A wonderful page in Doina Magazine with a cuff that had live Bromeliad plants, a Netsuke, coral, and a glass flower from Murano, Italy.

A wonderful page in Doina Magazine with a cuff that had live Bromeliad plants, a Netsuke, coral, and a glass flower from Murano, Italy.

Classy Brooke in white with our pearl and crystal-drop earrings.

Classy Brooke in white with our pearl and crystal-drop earrings

Drew Barrymore in Wendy Gell.

Drew Barrymore in Wendy Gell.

Classic Brooke Earring in a puzzling Vogue editorial, worn by Andie MacDowell.

Classic Brooke Earring in a puzzling Vogue editorial, worn by Andie MacDowell.

Our Jessica and Roger scarf from Andrew Baseman's book on Scarves.

Our Jessica and Roger scarf from Andrew Baseman’s book on Scarves.

Disney Jewelry

Disney Jewelry

Wendy Gell - Darling of Disney

Wendy Gell – Darling of Disney

A Bright Pavé Mickey pin and a wonderful Lady of the Lake Wristy from the above book.

A Bright Pavé Mickey pin and a wonderful Lady of the Lake Wristy from the above book.

Gell that Glitters!

Gell that Glitters!

Wendy and her beloved Sharpei Zircon, circa 1988. Photo by Horst.

Wendy and her beloved Sharpei Zircon, circa 1988. Photo by Horst.

'The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? movie was the best project I ever did,' Wendy said, 'surely the most fun!'

“The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? movie was the best project I ever did,” Wendy said, “surely the most fun!”

Wendy and Zircon in Paris Vogue.

Wendy and Zircon in Paris Vogue.

Wendy Gell drop earrings, worn by model in fashion magazine

Wendy Gell drop earrings

Wendy Gell Disney Jewelry.

Wendy Gell Disney Jewelry.

Wendy's Back! Article on Wendy Gell.

Wendy’s Back! Article on Wendy Gell.

Vogue likes to do narrative stories.

Vogue likes to do narrative stories.

The Dick Tracy Tour of Nordstroms in California got many Style section front pages and great press.

The Dick Tracy Tour of Nordstrom in California got many Style section front pages and great press.

Marissa Berenson's style book featured Wendy's pieces

Marissa Berenson’s style book featured Wendy’s pieces

Jewels of Fantasy, the coveted book cataloging the 4 year Museum 'round the world tour that featured Wendy's work.

Jewels of Fantasy, the coveted book cataloging the 4 year Museum ’round the world tour that featured Wendy’s work.

Official Identification and Price Guide to Costume Jewelry, Harrice Miller's classic book on collecting costume jewelry.

Harrice Miller’s classic book on collecting costume jewelry.

Take my Wristies? Never! German.

Take my Wristies? Never! German.

Primitive cuffs with silver and leather Tibetan saddle ornaments.

A pair of primitive cuffs with silver and leather Tibetan saddle ornaments.

Wendy Gell, featured in the Japanese magazine the New Best International Jewelry Collection

Japanese magazine

Wendy Gell Jewelry featured on cover of German Vogue magazine

Wendy Gell Jewelry featured on cover of German Vogue magazine

Wendy Gell jewelry on the cover of Glamour a' Manhattan,  an Italian magazine

Glamour a’ Manhattan, an Italian magazine

This photo of the cast of 'Dream Girls' wearing Wendy Gell wristies in Harpers Bazaar was Wendy's actual first magazine credit.

This photo of the cast of “Dream Girls” in Harpers Bazaar was Wendy’s actual first magazine credit.

Second half of previous 'Dream Girls' image in Harpers Bazaar

Second half of previous “Dream Girls” image in Harpers Bazaar

German Vogue was always so dramatic. Black and white 'The Dragon' cuff in jewel noir.

German Vogue was always so dramatic. Black and white “The Dragon” cuff in jewel noir.

Isabella Rosselini wears Wendy Gell earrings in this magazine article

Isabella Rosselini wears Wendy Gell earrings

Model wears Wendy Gell wristy cuff bracelet

American Vogue

Model wears Wendy Gell earrings on the cover of Glamour magazine

Model wears Wendy Gell earrings on the cover of Glamour magazine

Italian Vogue Dream Boat wine drinker.

Italian Vogue Dream Boat drinks from Wendy’s adorned goblet

Model wears Wendy Gell collar necklace in Italian Vogue magazine

Italian Vogue

Mickey Mouse gloves by Wendy Gell in Harper's Bazaar.

Wendy’s Mickey Mouse gloves in Harper’s Bazaar.

Wendy's scarves in the book by Andrew Bateman.

Wendy’s scarves in the book by Andrew Bateman.

Wendy Gell Butterfly Jeweled Belt worn by model in fashion magazine

Wendy Gell Butterfly Jeweled Belt

Model wears Wendy's Dog Bone Cuff in Paris Vogue

Paris Vogue

Ancient Wristy by Wendy Gell, worn by model

Incredible Ancient Wristy by Wendy Gell

Model wears lion wristy cuff bracelet

Model wearing Wendy’s magnificent lion wristy cuff bracelet

Oscar de la Renta Model wears magnificent Wendy Gell collar necklace and wristy cuff bracelet

Wendy’s extravagant collar and wristy pair beautifully with Oscar de la Renta, American Vogue

Italian Vogue

Italian Vogue

Wendy in Bazaar magazine

Wendy Gell jewelry feature article in Harpers Bazaar

Wendy Gell in All That Glitters - the Glory of Costume Jewelry

Wendy Gell’s jewelry in All That Glitters – the Glory of Costume Jewelry

Wendy on the Oprah show a week before she went national.

Wendy on Oprah, a week before Oprah’s show went national.

Jeweled butterfly collar necklace and wristy by Wendy Gell worn by model in fashion magazine

Jeweled butterfly collar necklace and wristy by Wendy Gell

Extravagant collar necklace and earrings by Wendy Gell on cover of Honeybee magazine

Extravagant collar necklace and earrings by Wendy Gell featured on cover of Honeybee magazine

Wendy Gell Christmas Tree

Wendy Gell Christmas Tree, featured in Lapidary Journal

Elaborate collar necklace worn by model in Italian Vogue magazine

Elaborate Wendy Gell collar necklace in Italian Vogue

Model Jerry Hall wears Wendy Gell earrings

Model Jerry Hall wears red hot Wendy Gell earrings

Bette Midler in Wendy Gell Jewelry in Vanity Fair.

Bette Midler in Wendy Gell Jewelry in Vanity Fair.

Brightly colored cuffs by Wendy Gell worn by model in fashion magazine

Bright beaded cuffs by Wendy Gell worn by model in fashion magazine

Wendy Gell's jewelry featured in French fashion magazine

Wristy by Wendy Gell featured in French fashion magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Look Inside The Artist

Catch a Glimpse Inside the Life of The Whimsical Wendy Gell

ARTICLE ABOUT WENDY FROM VINTAGEJEWELRYCOLLECT.COM

Wendy Gell, whose jewelry designs were seen on the wrists of the who’s who during the wild style of the eighties, has had an extraordinary career that most in the fashion industry can only dream of. Her pieces graced the covers of Vogue, famous movie stars, and her technique were copied by many who wished to emulate her creative style.

In 1976, as a taxi driver while trying to think of a birthday gift for a friend, Wendy came up with the concept of her now famous “Wristie.” It was at that moment that her future career as a respected jewelry designer was born. Her need to come up with an economical expression of a gift would later turn into a multi-million dollar contemporary jewelry company.

Her jewelry has a very distinctive style. It is bold, whimsical, and glitzy. As a jewelry designer, Wendy leaves no surface unadorned; each piece is a complete encrustation of jewels and other materials. The covering of all surfaces is analogous to creating a painting with jewels, which she successfully achieves through her medium. The materials she uses help form not only textual depth, but visual delight. As a contemporary designer, Wendy not only uses present-day materials such as rhinestones, pearls, beads etc., but also incorporates old findings into the work. It is not unlikely to find Indian carvings, netsukes and Eisenberg pins from the 30’s and 40’s as a center focal point in the designs. Her designs are greatly sought after in the collector’s market and her clients include Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossilini, and Cher. Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John—designed sunglasses for him—Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and Princess Diana.

Wendy’s first true exposure came after writing to Vogue magazine 1982. The magazine featured a several page article of the upcoming designer’s creations. By 1986 Wendy Gell had 40 employees and her company was tripling each year. Her collection had more than 1,000 different earrings made in her workroom off of Fifth Avenue by skilled jewelry makers and young people just out of art school.

Early on in her career Wendy began designing for such fashion notables as Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. In 1987 she designed shoe clips for the couture designer Charles Jordan, as well as having the honor in August that year of the Disney line debuting at Sak’s Fifth Avenue in a Wendy Gell Disney Boutique for which she was a licensee. Also included in the line she designed for Disney were scarves with the Disney characters in sophisticated floral designs. Her company maintained the Disney licensee privileges from 1985 to 1990 which were marketed by Wendy Gell Jewelry Inc. Later when Napier obtained the licensee privileges Wendy was hired by Napier as a consultant to design the license they then obtained from Disney.

Wendy’s success in the corporate world for licensee rights included the 1989 Wizard of Oz characters in celebration of the Oz’s 50th anniversary. The line included brooches done in gold plate and sterling as well as embroidered gloves and other collectibles.

In addition to the first Disney contract for her famous Mickey Mouse and other characters designs, the company later contacted Wendy to design the accessories for Roger Rabbit in the movie, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Ironically, in 1999 Wendy herself was searching for the collectible Jessica Rabbit brooch for her personal collection.

In the spring of 2000 Wendy received a call from the costume designer of Columbia Pictures stating they were looking to create the Wendy Gell look for the Mariah Carey character in the movie “Glitter.” Having already purchased vintage Gell pieces, they were thrilled to find and later hire her on to design the jewelry for the Mariah character. The movie poster features Mariah wearing a Gell piece.

Today Wendy enjoys the more tranquil life of an artist, making a name for herself in paintings as she captures the spirit of the beloved canine. Her paintings are less structured, yet magically they project the inner soul of the animal that seem to speak a message of deep connection between the artist and subject.

It’s a far cry from the fast pace glitz of the eighties, yet it is so Wendy….

~Vintage Jewelry Collection