Stephen Webster Talk With LACMA Fashion Circle

Madonna, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, the Queen of England and “Crystal Haze” Gems Figure into a Stephen Webster Talk With the LACMA Fashion Circle


Upstairs in the “No Regrets Lounge” at his Beverly Hills boutique, jeweler Stephen Webster gave full credit to Madonna for his initial skyrocket to success.

In his June 4 talk with the Fashion Circle of LACMA’s Costume Council, Webster said the pop star purchased one of his rings just before she married Guy Ritchie. Four months after the sale, she was photographed wearing the bauble and the rest is history. After that, Webster said, fashion editors declared that he’d re-invented the cocktail ring.

Now famous for his contemporary designs and “crystal haze” stones, which combine quartz and gemstones, the jeweler’s other clients have included Elton John, Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. Recently the Queen honored Webster with an MBE, i.e., “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,” which Prince Charles bestowed upon him.

Webster’s charming talk about his life in jewelry and rock ‘n roll image preceded a 4-course dinner by Chef de Cuisine David Hands of Bouchon. Enjoying the evening were members of the Fashion Circle, the upper level support group for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s costume department.


Before the dinner by Bouchon ended, the department’s senior curator Sharon Takeda presented Webster with “Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915,” a book about LACMA’s acclaimed costume show that opened the museum’s Resnick Pavilion in 2010.

The exhibition has since traveled to two European venues:  The Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, and the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris.  According to curator Kaye Spilker, the book has been so popular that it is already in its 5th printing, with both French and German editions.

Christine Chiu and Susan Rothenberg co-chaired the evening on behalf of the Fashion Circle, which sadly is soon to disappear. Cindy Canzoneri, chair of the Costume Council board, (which LACMA is also disbanding,) was on hand to welcome the group.

The Costume Council will go on, however, in a different form, as the corps of volunteer board members will no longer be arranging the extensive slate of programs, such as the fabulous Stephen Webster night. According to Chiu, one more very special evening is still to come.


Top photo: Event co-chairs Christine Chiu, left, and Susan Rothenberg, right, with Stephen Webster at a talk and dinner for the LACMA Fashion Circle of the Costume Council (photo, courtesy of Stephen Webster)


Second photo: Dinner took place at the “No Regrets” Lounge atop the Rodeo Drive boutique, following the Stephen Webster talk with LACMA Fashion Circle (photo:

Third photo: Stephen Webster’s unique, contemporary designs on display at the Rodeo Drive boutique before the jeweler’s talk with the LACMA Fashion Circle (photo:

Fourth photo: Senior curator Sharon Takeda of LACMA’s costume department presented Stephen Webster with the book, “Fashioning Fashion,” following his talk with LACMA Fashion Circle (photo, courtesy of Stephen Webster)



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Stephen Webster Talk with LACMA Fashion Circle

Published June 5, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA