Special Commissions: World War II Museum Collection
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than taking a trip to the National World War II Museum? The National World War II Museum is the country’s official museum of the Second World War. It tells the story of the American Experience and celebrates the American Spirit. “Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the America Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today- so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn,” according to their website. In 2000, the museum- then known as the National D-Day Museum- commissioned Mignon Faget to create special designs as gifts to dignitaries attending the official opening of this museum dedicated to World War II. Mignon designed a Higgins Boat pin and buckle to much acclaim.
Located in New Orleans, the World War II Museum has steadily grown in popularity and size. In 2009, Mignon was asked to design a jewelry and glassware collection exclusively available for purchase in the gift shop. The collection is cheerfully patriotic; necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins and bracelets feature a crisp star design often accented with striped grosgrain ribbon, freshwater pearls and crystals in lively shades of red, white and blue. The “V” for Victory Necklace and the Star Spangled Stations Necklace are favorites for museum shoppers, along with the Freedom Star Double Old Fashioned Glassware.
Mignon Faget most recently celebrated the opening of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center in January of 2013 with a cuff and necklace inspired by the historic WWII-era war planes on display in the brand new Boeing Center.