Dominique Aurientis

Dominique Aurientis (1953 – ) French fashion designer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France. Graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris. While studying at the Sorbonne, she began work at Christian Dior where she learned her craft and ultimately gained recognition in her own right.
Dominique worked for other high-fashion houses including Chanel, Givenchy, Lanvin, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, and Céline. In 1986, she founded Dominique Aurientis where she created a collection of jewelry and accessories that attracted media coverage and interest from distributors including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and others.
In 1990, she said, “”I started with jewelry in my own business because jewelry sells well. Then I was asked to do other accessories because the concept of a complete line was coming on strong.”
Beginning with her first collection, Dominique’s appealing style used harmonious colors and mixed materials. Aurientis’ pieces are handmade with a mixture of raw and precious materials such as cut stones, glass, bronze, precious woods, resins and studs.
Later in the 90s, after her fame had spread to Japan and Southeast Asia, Dominique moved to the Indonesian island of Bali where she set up a shop that created jewelry. This enterprise helped her fashion strong ties with local Indian and Thai artisans.
With her penchant to draw inspiration from divergent cultures, she created pieces using traditional and eco-friendly methods. These used recycled materials like wood from railroad tracks as well as precious woods, resin, multi-colored stones and studs and demonstrate the attention paid to detail and quality.
Dominique returned to Paris in 2000 and began to work as a consultant for many well-known Italian brands. In 2008 she began a new personal design venture supported by her existing distributors and in 2009, the Dominique Aurientis online boutique first appeared.
At last report, Dominique was back in her birthplace in the south of France. Her jewelry is now created from Italian and French materials and her collections are mostly made in Italy. Her work has been seen in numerous, world renowned fashion magazines.