“A Kind of Magic”, a beautiful book on Art Deco Vanity Cases, is based on the Kashmira Bulsara Collection. Written by Sarah Hue-Williams, international jewelery historian, gemmologist and author, in collaboration with Peter Edwards, foremost dealer in 20th-century Art Deco jewelery in London.
“A Kind of Magic” brings together the personalities, designers and workshops who produced these creations to life, giving these wonders of imagination and craftsmanship their rightful place in the history of decorative art forms. The book includes specially commissioned, highest-quality color photographs of 48 fabulous vanity cases – the ultimate jeweled fashion accessories and objects of desire for the super-rich in the 1920s-30s Jazz Age.
Kashmira, sister of the legendary lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, formed her collection as a special tribute to Freddie’s love of beautiful things.
Capturing the essence of the Art Deco period, the book offers a suitably glittering insight to the social history, fashion and culture of the Golden Age of Glamour, giving it a wider appeal to those interested in the music, art, lifestyles and overall aesthetics of the era. Kashmira has gifted the collection in its entirety to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where it will be one of the highlights of the refurbished jewelery galleries. All profits from sales of the book will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.