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A model wears Art Smith's "Modern Cuff" Bracelet, circa 1948. Art Smith (1917-1982) was a modernist jeweler born in Cuba to Jamaican parents who eventually emigrated to Brooklyn. He opened his first shop on Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village in 1946 - no small feat. Along with being covered by magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Smith, an avid jazz lover, once made cufflinks for Duke Ellington which included some notes from Mr. Ellington's "Mood Indigo."

Evening dress, Italian manifacture, ca. 1925. Light brown slik tulle with deep V neckline, completely embroidered in gold coloured glass straws, strass in different colours and gold thread. Photo: Marcello Bertoni. Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti via Europeana Fashions

from We Had Faces Then

Steve McQueen, 1950s

Few knowthat Steve McQueen wanted to be a jazz saxophone player in the 1950s. He was livin' in New York, still tryin' to figure it out.