While the partnership with Central Saint Martins has blossomed into an annual award scheme, dozens of generous scholarships, and groundbreaking student collaborations to run alongside some of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s most celebrated fashion exhibitions, more recently the focus has turned to sustainability. From 2016, the house has been providing students with upcycled crystals; in 2019, this emphasis on Conscious Design was taken one step further with the founding of a program that brings responsible production to the forefront of the curriculum at CSM.
Also in 2019, Swarovski launched its most ambitious student support scheme yet, in the form of a studio course at New York’s Parsons School of Design. Again with an emphasis on sustainability, the project aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals to encourage a dialogue with students to discover possibilities for a more ethical future within both the fashion and jewelry industries. Meanwhile, at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, students have enjoyed the support of Swarovski Innovation Award, honoring the designer that integrated the house’s signature crystals into their designs most imaginatively.
As the house of Swarovski celebrates 125 years of embracing the world’s most ambitious approaches to responsible design, the dynamic creative energy of young design talent is opening up dozens of new pathways and possibilities—and with the long careers ahead of them, the ongoing relationship between student designers and Swarovski is only just beginning.