The V&A hosted Nadja Swarovski in conversation with Tim Blanks on Monday evening to explore Swarovski’s 125-year heritage.
Ms Swarovski and fashion editor Blanks discussed the brand’s history when it comes to innovation, creativity, collaboration, and craftsmanship.
The event formed part of Swarovski’s support of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the sell-out exhibition at the V&A Museum which runs until September 1.
It is the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior and the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015, also supported by Swarovski.
Nadja Swarovski commented: “We are thrilled to support Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams which beautifully showcases Swarovski’s collaboration with Dior since the late 1940s. This exhibition is a wonderful celebration of the artistry of Dior’s work and the integration of Swarovski crystal in the fabric, shoes, handbags and jewelry.”
Over the course of its 70-year collaboration with Dior, Swarovski has provided millions of crystals, and has worked with all seven of its artistic directors: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Swarovski crystals and Aurora Borealis allowed them to create hundreds of crystal looks and accessories.
Each designer drafted their own vision of Dior by selecting and using Swarovski cuts, colors, and effects in a whole range of different ways, in the process pushing the limits of the craftsmen and women in the house’s Parisian ateliers.
Swarovski says it is proud that so many of the garments and accessories are now included in the current exhibition, illustrating the bond and shared history between the two companies.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs until September 1 and includes over 500 objects, of which more than 100 feature Swarovski crystal.
Swarovski’s partnership with the V&A forms part of its program of supporting major cultural institutions.