Kenneth Jay Lane

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Kenneth Jay Lane in his apartment in New York City, 2003

Kenneth Jay Lane (born April 22, 1930) is an American costume jewelry designer.

Biography[edit]

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, he is an alumnus of Detroit Central High School, the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Cover of Faking It by Kenneth Jay Lane and Harrice Simons Miller

He was first a shoe designer for Delman and Christian Dior, using his free time to create fun and flashy jewelry. He was one of the persons included for "high fashion" in the Andy Warhol Screen Tests and a guest at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball.[citation needed]

He has created designs for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland, and Audrey Hepburn.[citation needed] He is probably most well known for his three-strand faux pearl necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy during her husband's presidency, a version of which was worn by Barbara Bush to her husband's inaugural ball.[citation needed]He created a jewelled belt for Duchess of Windsor.

Since 1977 his home in Manhattan has been a duplex in the Stanford White mansion completed in 1892 and one of the few surviving mansions on Park Avenue. From 1923–1977 it served as the home of the Advertising Club. At that time it was converted into a cooperative apartment house. His living room is the former club library and features an original marble mantelpiece, original artwork and lamps designed by Robert Denning of Denning & Fourcade.[1]

He was added to Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, Hall of Fame in 1974.[citation needed] His book Faking It written together with Harrice Simons Miller was published in 1996 by Harry N. Abrams ISBN 0-8109-3579-1.

Media references[edit]

  • He is referenced in the song "Sally Can't Dance" by Lou Reed. '... and wore Kenneth Lane jewelry...'[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Home Design 2002: Jewels in the Town by Bob Morris, April 8, 2002, New York online retrieved June 29, 2006