Paloma Picasso

Paloma Picasso
Born Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot
(1949-04-19) April 19, 1949
Vallauris, France
Occupation Fashion designer, jewellery designer, businesswoman socialite and style icon
Spouse(s) Rafael López-Cambil
(m. 1978; div. 1998)

Eric Thévenet
(m. 1999)
Parent(s) Pablo Picasso
Françoise Gilot
Relatives Claude Picasso (brother)
Jonas Salk (stepfather)

Paloma Picasso (born Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot in Paris on 19 April 1949), is a French fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co. and her signature perfumes. She is the youngest daughter of 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso and painter and writer Françoise Gilot. Paloma Picasso's older brother is Claude Picasso (b. 1947), her half-brother is Paulo Picasso (1921-1975), her half-sister is Maya (b. 1935), and she has another half-sister, Aurelia (b. 1956), from her mother's relationship with artist Luc Simon.

Paloma literally means "dove" in Spanish. Paloma Picasso is represented in many of her father's works, such as Paloma with an Orange and Paloma in Blue.[2]


Paloma Picasso's jewelry career began in 1968, when she was a costume designer in Paris.[3] Some rhinestone necklaces she had created from stones purchased at flea markets drew attention from critics. Encouraged by this early success, the designer pursued formal schooling in jewelry design. A year later, Ms. Picasso presented her first efforts to her friend, famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who immediately commissioned her to design accessories to accompany one of his collections. By 1971, she was working for the Greek jewelry company Zolotas.

In 1980 Picasso began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co. of New York. In 1984 she began experimenting with fragrance, creating the "Paloma" perfume for L'Oréal.[4] In the New York Post Picasso described it as intended for "strong women like herself". A cosmetics and bath line including body lotion, powder, shower gel, and soap were produced in the same year.

Two American museums have acquired Ms. Picasso's work for their permanent collections. Housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is a 396.30-carat kunzite necklace designed by her. And visitors to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago can view her 408.63-carat moonstone bracelet accented with diamond "lightning bolts."

In 1988, Ms. Picasso was honored by The Fashion Group as one of the "Women Who Have Made an Extraordinary Impact on Our Industry." The Hispanic Designers Inc. presented her with its MODA award for design excellence. Since 1983, she has been a member of the International Best Dressed List.[5]

In 2010, Picasso celebrated her 30th anniversary with Tiffany and Co. by introducing a collection based upon her love of Morocco, called Marrakesh. In 2011, she debuted her Venezia collection, which celebrates the city of Venice and its motifs.


Picasso had a penchant for red;[6][7] her red lipsticks were called "her calling cards".[8] François Nars says about Paloma, "red is her trademark".[9] "It's her signature, defining, one might say, the designer's red period."[10]

Her fascination with red started at an early age, when she began wearing bright red lipstick at age 6.[11] She has become recognizable by her red lipstick; "her angular profile serves as a reminder of her father's Cubist inclinations."[8] When she feels like staying incognito, she simply avoids wearing her red lipstick: "Red lips have become my signature, so when I don’t want to be recognized, I don’t wear it."[11]


Picasso briefly lost interest in designing following the death of her father in 1973, at which time she played Countess Erzsébet Báthory in Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk's erotic film, Immoral Tales (1974), receiving praise from the critics for her beauty. She has not acted since.

Personal life

In 1978 Picasso married playwright and director Rafael Lopez-Cambil (also known as Rafael Lopez-Sanchez) in a black-and-white themed wedding. The couple later divorced and in 1999 Picasso married Dr. Eric Thévenet, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.[12][13] Thévenet's interest in art and design has provided valuable insight toward the creation of Picasso's jewelry collections. Paloma Picasso and her husband live in Lausanne, Switzerland and in Marrakech, Morocco.[14] [15] [16]


  1. Williams, Paige, Paloma Picasso - The Jeweler with the famous name designs a big brand and a wonderful life, Pink Magazine, page 48-53, March-April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2012
  2. "Paloma Picasso," from the Biography Resource Center, the Gale Group, 2001.
  3. "Paloma Picasso" Retrieved 21 July 2015
  4. Fashion Encyclopedia. 13 Nov. 2008.
  5. Vanity Fair
  6. Meg Cohen Ragas, Karen Kozlowski (September 1, 1998). Read my lips:a cultural history of lipstick. Chronicle Books. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-8118-2011-0. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  7. Aran Hansuebsai (1990). Proceedings AIC 2003 Bangkok. Hal Publications. p. 345. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  8. 1 2 Laura Mercier (October 24, 2006). The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face. Atria. p. 223. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  9. Jessica Pallingston (December 15, 1998). Lipstick. St. Martin's Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-312-19914-2. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  10. Working woman. Hal Publications. 1990. p. 144. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  11. 1 2 MAURA EGAN (October 22, 2006). "Picasso's Red Period". New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  12. About Tiffany & Co. - Paloma Picasso
  13. Thomas, Dana, A Fashionable Life: Paloma Picasso Harper's Bazaar, February 9, 2010
  14. Ibid.
  15. New York Times
  16. THERE IS NO SINGLE, true version of Pablo Picasso.
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