Luxury jeweller Cartier has taken over London's Saatchi Gallery with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating legends - from both Hollywood and their own jewellery archive. The Studio 7 exhibit takes seven of the maison's most beloved signature pieces - Santos, Tank, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, Panthère and Ballon Bleu - and celebrates these through a series of portraits, featuring stars from the past and present.
The exhibition runs across four galleries on the Saatchi's ground floor, each with its own theme. The first, Legends, features a selection of historical black-and-white portraits featuring Cartier creations - from Andy Warhol wearing his Tank watch, to Jean Cocteau and his trinity ring, and Tina Turner in her Love bracelet - alongside some of the earliest iterations of these iconic designs from the early 1900s.
The second, Inspiration, features portraits of modern-day friends of the brand wearing their favourite Cartier jewellery or watches - including Vanessa Kirby, Emma Corrin, Celeste and Ramla Ali - all captured by British photographer Mary McCartney. Each portrait features a quote from each subject, describing why that particular piece feels so personal to them.
The third gallery, Studio, is home to a custom-built photography studio, where visitors can share their own stories and be photographed wearing their favourite Cartier pieces. All the photographers were chosen from emerging talent and mentored by McCartney.
"I am delighted to be working with Cartier, photographing their iconic watch and jewellery collections, worn by such accomplished creatives," says McCartney. "Mentoring young, upcoming photographers and offering an exciting opportunity to work for the maison alongside me is what makes this project particularly special."
The fourth and final gallery, Encounters, is a dynamic exhibition space in which the stories shared and portraits taken in the Cartier Studio come to life, displayed moving across the walls. Visitors will also be offered a black-and-white print from their portrait shoot to take home as a keepsake.
Studio 7 by Cartier runs until 8 August at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London SW3 4RY. Pre-booking is required. Reserve your spot at studio7bycartier.co.uk.
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