Accessory: Marilyn Arnold Palley

Marilyn Arnold Palley and her wearable sculptures

Call us clairvoyant: Thirty years ago, we anointed Camden-born and Philadelphia-raised Marilyn Arnold Palley one of “76 People to Watch in ’76”; today, we’re still watching her — particularly when she’s wearing one of her signature totems, the architectonic “wearable sculptures” she makes out of everything from Baltic amber to centuries-old


Call us clairvoyant: Thirty years ago, we anointed Camden-born and Philadelphia-raised Marilyn Arnold Palley one of “76 People to Watch in ’76”; today, we’re still watching her — particularly when she’s wearing one of her signature totems, the architectonic “wearable sculptures” she makes out of everything from Baltic amber to centuries-old jade to Bakelite and ebony. She’s been collecting her materials for decades, during travel and sailing trips around the world with her author-husband Reese Palley, a former gallery owner who first showcased her work. “Even clients who traditionally wear daintier pieces can’t help but stand taller when they try one on,” she says. They also can’t stop touching. “My work has always been about that tactile experience, how things feel and how people interact with them,” she explains. And we’re not the only ones with our eyes on her. She has a show at the prestigious Wexler Gallery this fall, and another next spring at the world-renowned Danish Museum of Arts & Design — the first ever by a non-Dane. Our Philly Mag crystal ball tells us we’ll be seeing more of her, so it’s no surprise that when asked which of her hundreds of pieces she favors, Palley answers, as Frank Lloyd Wright did when asked the same question of his buildings, “The next one.” Pieces from $180 to $5,000; marilynarnoldpalley.com.