Paloma Picasso

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Paloma Picasso
Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot

(1949-04-19) 19 April 1949 (age 73)
Vallauris, France
OccupationFashion designer, jewellery designer, businesswoman, socialite
  • Rafael López-Cambil
    (m. 1978; div. 1998)
  • Eric Thévenet
    (m. 1999)

Paloma Picasso (born Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot on 19 April 1949) is a French and Spanish fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co. and her signature perfumes. She is the daughter of 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso and painter Françoise Gilot.

Paloma Picasso is represented in many of her father's works, such as Paloma with an Orange and Paloma in Blue.[2]


Paloma Picasso's jewelry career began in 1968, when she was a costume designer in Paris.[3] Some rhinestone necklaces she had created from stones purchased at flea markets drew attention from critics. Encouraged by this early success, the designer pursued formal schooling in jewelry design. A year later, Ms. Picasso presented her first efforts to her friend, famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who immediately commissioned her to design accessories to accompany one of his collections. By 1971, she was working for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas.[4]

In 1980 Picasso began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. of New York. In 1984 she began experimenting with fragrance, creating the "Paloma" perfume for L'Oréal.[5] In the New York Post Picasso described it as intended for "strong women like herself." A cosmetics and bath line including body lotion, powder, shower gel, and soap were produced in the same year.

Two American museums have acquired Ms. Picasso's work for their permanent collections. Housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is a 396.30-carat kunzite necklace designed by her. And visitors to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago can view her 408.63-carat moonstone bracelet accented with diamond "lightning bolts."

Paloma Picasso jewelry
Logo for Paloma Picassos parfums.

In 1988, Ms. Picasso was honored by The Fashion Group as one of the "Women Who Have Made an Extraordinary Impact on Our Industry." The Hispanic Designers Inc. presented her with its MODA award for design excellence. Since 1983, she has been a member of the International Best Dressed List.[6]

In 2010, Picasso celebrated her 30th anniversary with Tiffany and Co. by introducing a collection based upon her love of Morocco, called Marrakesh. In 2011, she debuted her Venezia collection, which celebrates the city of Venice and its motifs.


Picasso has a penchant for red;[7][8] her red lipsticks were called "her calling cards".[9] François Nars says about Paloma, "red is her trademark."[10] "It's her signature, defining, one might say, the designer's red period."[11]

Her fascination with red started at an early age, when she began wearing bright red lipstick at age 6.[12] She has become recognizable by her red lipstick; "Her angular profile serves as a reminder of her father's Cubist inclinations."[9] When she feels like staying incognito, she simply avoids wearing her red lipstick: "Red lips have become my signature, so when I don’t want to be recognized, I don’t wear it."[12]


Picasso briefly lost interest in designing following the death of her father in 1973, at which time she played Countess Erzsébet Báthory in Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk's erotic film, Immoral Tales (1973), receiving praise from the critics for her beauty.[citation needed] She has not acted since.

Personal life[edit]

In 1978, Picasso married playwright and director Rafael Lopez-Cambil (also known as Rafael Lopez-Sanchez) in a black-and-white themed wedding. The couple later divorced. In 1999, Picasso married Dr. Eric Thévenet, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.[13][14] Thévenet's interest in art and design has provided valuable insight toward the creation of Picasso's jewelry collections. Paloma Picasso and her husband live in Lausanne, Switzerland and in Marrakech, Morocco.[15][16][17]

Paloma Picasso's older brother is Claude Picasso (b. 1947), her half-brother is Paulo Picasso (1921–1975), her half-sister is Maya (b. 1935), and she has another half-sister, Aurelia (b. 1956), from her mother's marriage to artist Luc Simon.


  1. ^ Williams, Paige, Paloma Picasso - The Jeweler with the famous name designs a big brand and a wonderful life, Pink Magazine, pp. 48–53, March–April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2012
  2. ^ "Paloma Picasso," from the Biography Resource Center, the Gale Group, 2001.
  3. ^ "Paloma Picasso" Retrieved 21 July 2015
  4. ^ "Η Ιστορια Του Οικου". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ Fashion Encyclopedia. 13 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Vanity Fair". Vanity Fair.
  7. ^ Meg Cohen Ragas, Karen Kozlowski (1 September 1998). Read my lips:a cultural history of lipstick. Chronicle Books. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-8118-2011-0.
  8. ^ Aran Hansuebsai (1990). Proceedings AIC 2003 Bangkok. Hal Publications. p. 345. ISBN 9789741325160.
  9. ^ a b Laura Mercier (24 October 2006). The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face. Atria. p. 223. ISBN 9781451612615.
  10. ^ Pallingston, Jessica (15 December 1998). Lipstick. St. Martin's Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-312-19914-2.
  11. ^ Working woman. Hal Publications. 1990. p. 144.
  12. ^ a b Egan, Maura (22 October 2006). "Picasso's Red Period". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Tiffany & Co. For The Press | About Tiffany & Co. | Paloma Picasso | United States".
  14. ^ Thomas, Dana, A Fashionable Life: Paloma Picasso Archived 28 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine Harper's Bazaar, 9 February 2010
  15. ^ Ibid.
  16. ^ New York Times
  17. ^ THERE IS NO SINGLE, true version of Pablo Picasso.

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