Tatty Devine awarded MBE in the New Years Honours list
At one time (pre-internet explosion, pre-Etsy and certainly before accessories on the high street had any design credentials) jewellery was, quite frankly, mundane. The late nineties and the approaching new millennium hailed a less-is-more attitude towards accessorising that had us all playing it safe. Then came Tatty Devine.
The design duo has been wowing us with their plastic and fantastic designs and whimsical Perspex adornments since exploding onto the scene in 1999. Now in their fourteenth year of trading, creators Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden have been recognised for their achievements this month, and were awarded MBEs for Services to the Fashion Industry in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Quite rightly too. It’s been frequently proven that where Tatty goes, the high street will follow. From fishbone necklaces to kitsch plectrum earrings, Rosie and Harriet have designed jewellery with a unique sense of style that blurs the boundaries between art, fashion and culture. Their signature pieces have attracted a cult following amongst celebrities and civilians alike, and the brand has created exciting collaborative ranges with the likes of Belle and Sebastian and Gilbert & George. Since its launch, Tatty Devine has really set the tone for a century of sub-cultures and creative freedom when it comes to making a statement through accessories. Ashish, Peter Jensen and Basso & Brooke have all turned to Tatty Devine for statement catwalk pieces and Dazed & Confused list them as one of the top fifty coolest brands in the world.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be recognised for our achievements,” said Rosie and Harriet of their MBEs. “We are very proud and honoured to be awarded in this year’s list. We have always been driven to create new, original and exciting jewellery and always will. It’s at the heart of what we do.
“Everything about Tatty Devine is a result of the collaboration and friendship between us. It’s brilliant we’re getting these medals together. Apart from our wedding rings, they’ll be the only non-Tatty Devine jewellery you’ll see us wearing.”
By Elizabeth Connor
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