Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti dead at age 80
FILE - Elsa Peretti, left, poses with designer Halston after a fashion show in New York on June 15, 1970. Famed jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, a formal Halston model turned Tiffany & Co. legend, is dead at age 80. According to a family statement, Peretti died Thursday night in her sleep at home in a small village outside Barcelona. “Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” Tiffany said in a statement Friday. In recognition of her work, Tiffany established the Elsa Peretti professorship in jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the first endowed professorship in the history of FIT.