Nathalie Bulgari and Jason Lewis
Nathalie Bulgari and Jason Lewis

ROME, May 22, 2009 / FW/ — Still sparkling and scintillating after 125 years, Bulgari inaugurated its first ever retrospective last Wednesday, May 20th in the prestigious Exposition Palace of Rome attended by world’s glitterati.

Entitled, BULGARI “Between eternity and history” 1884-2009, tells the story of the Italian jeweler in the past 125 years by touching on the most significant phases in the history and evolution of Bulgari design, from the opening of the first store on Via Sistina in 1884 to the present day.

With Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno leading illustrious attendees gracing the cocktail party, the opening of the Bulgari exhibit is easily the ‘party of the season’ in the Eternal City.

Numerous Italian and international stars came to Rome to celebrate this historic achievement with the Bulgari family: Jessica Alba, Ginnifer Goodwin, Chloe Sevigny, Alain Delon, Patricia Field, Jason Lewis, Enrique Iglesias, Selma Blair, Samantha Morton, Elsa Pataky, Valeria Golino, Riccardo Scamarcio, Beppe Fiorello, Vittoria Puccini, Cristiana Capotondi, Gabriele Muccino, Ferzan Ozpetek, Claudio Baglioni, Luca Argentero, Stefano Accorsi, Valentina Cervi, Francesca Neri, Giorgio Pasotti, and Nicoletta Romanoff.

Francesco Trapani, Managing Director of Bulgari Group, hosted the event with Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, respectively, the President and Vice-President of Bulgari Group.

During the inauguration of the retrospective, Bulgari also renewed its pledge to support Save the
Children’s “Rewrite the Future” campaign, which was created to provide a quality education to 8 million children living in war-torn countries.

With Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, General Secretary of the International Save the Children Alliance, Charlie MacCormac, Managing Director of Save the Children USA, Claudio Tesauro, President of Save the Children Italia present, Bulgari unveiled an extraordinary limited edition collection composed of 11 unique couture jewels and 7 luxury watches.

The said pieces will be auctioned off at Christie’s New York next December 8, 2009. The total estimated value of the jewelry and watches is approximately 3 million euros, and the entire proceeds will be donated to “Rewrite the Future.”

“Between eternity and history” 1884-2009
Exposition Palace
Dates: May 22 – Sep 13, 2009
Open to the public