Ingrid Bergman's Pendant | Film Classic “Gaslight”
Research & Design
The Victorian Pendant Project for The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design
Starting a project where you are asked to recreate something unique, from the past and which is now no longer in existence is totally exciting.
The challenge was to remake the pendant worn by Ingrid Bergman in the movie Gaslight. I was given a handful of images from the movie to begin my research. Many details in the pendant were impossible to see, even with a magnifier.
However, I was able to recognize several Victorian design elements. I had learned from my client that this pendant may have been a family own piece. I made the assumption that it could have been made from a production jewelry designer.
Searching thru jewelry images from the Victorian time period I was able to locate details that we could use for our project. I believed this to be a popular type of pendant. I knew I needed to be able to draw the details in order to make it. So I focused my energies on finding actual Victorian pendants and studying them one by one until I found the details we believed our pendant shared.