Kenneth Jay Lane is an American costume jewelry designer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 he is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design.
He was first a shoe designer for Delman and Christian Dior and he used his free time to create fun and flashy baubles. They were such an instant success that Saks Fifth Avenue sold its entire initial inventory in one day. He was one of the persons included for "high fashion" in the Andy Warhol Screen Tests and a guest at Truman Capote's Black And White Ball.
He is probably most well known for his three-strand faux pearl necklace worn by Barbara Bush to her husband's inaugural ball. Some say that Duchess of Windsor is buried in the jewelled belt he created for her.
Many of the museum stores, including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The Museum of Natural History, and the Bush Presidential Library carry his line of jewelry but his pieces can also be found on QVC. His items can also be found at most major department stores. His repertoire also includes exclusive pieces only available through AVON Independent Sales Representatives. He is about to launch a line of belts as well as handbags.
His pieces are now considered by many as collectable as precious gems, with vintage pieces selling at Christie's and Sotheby's and Doyle New York.
Since 1977 his home in Manhattan has been a duplex in the Stanford White mansion completed in 1892 and one of the few surviving mansions on Park Avenue. From 1923–1977 it served as the home of the Advertising Club. At that time it was converted into a cooperative apartment house. His living room is the former club library and features an original marble mantelpiece, a wide variety of original artwork and several lamps designed by Robert Denning of Denning & Fourcade.
He was added to Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, Hall of Fame in 1974. His book Faking It written together with Harrice Simons Miller was published in 1996 by Harry N Abrams.
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