Barbra Streisand wore these mismatched Kenneth Jay Lane red and brown rhinestoned earrings during her “An Evening With Barbra Streisand” tour in 1966. This tour was cut short due to Barbra’s pregnancy, and comprised of just four dates from the originally planned twenty two. These included Newport, RI, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL, beginning on July 30th, 1966 and ending on August 9th 1966. These earrings went perfectly with Barbra’s flowing Sarmi, color blocked, red and brown dress. They were worn as separates along with one mismatched red and brown shoe to accent the chiffon outfit.
The Op Art and Pop Art movement of the 60’s influenced both fashion and accessories. For women, it represented a sense of modern independence and fashion freedom. Large geometric shapes inspired by the art deco movement, circles, spirals and hexagons became extremely trendy. As hairstyles in the 60’s grew shorter, long earrings grew in popularity.
Colors during this decade were loud and bold. Fashion and accessory colors were designed to clash on purpose and create shock. Barbra’s mismatched set did just that. These red and brown earrings are unmarked, but were made by Kenneth Jay Lane, whom Barbra wore several times during this decade. These oversized, brass, clip on earrings have a round base with a cone shaped drop and feature close to 100 faceted rhinestones per pair. They are 1/2” around and about 4” long.
These two sets of brown and red earrings sold at auction in 2004 for $300.00 USD and $440.00 USD, respectively.