Hussein Chalayan is known for his innovative mix of design, science and art, with creations that sit somewhere in the indeterminate space between clothing and performance art. As a man self-professed to be consumed by “ideas”, his work spans the worlds of fashion, design, and fine art. Swarovski’s partnership with half-British half-Turkish Chalayan began in 2006 when he created ‘Repose’, a conceptual art installation for Swarovski Crystal Palace as well as a spectacular jeweled collar for Swarovski’s Runway Rocks project.
an Extraordinary collaboration
In his six seasons with the Swarovski Collective, Chalayan produced some of the most ground-breaking showpieces in recent fashion history, including his LED Dress (Autumn/Winter 2007) featuring 15,600 LEDs and Swarovski crystal, the extraordinary Laser Dress (Spring/Summer 2008), and Kaikoku, a floating dress that released 50 crystal ‘pollen spores’ (Autumn/Winter 2011). His cosmic creations take their inspiration from the numinous, high concept, and earthly mechanisms such as the arrival of Spring. Swarovski and Chalayan partnered once again for Paris Fashion Week for the designer’s high concept Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
In addition, Swarovski supported the designer’s groundbreaking retrospective at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris during 2011. Both Hussein Chalayan and Swarovski are celebrating key milestones in September 2015: the opening of Hussein Chalayan’s first flagship store in London and the launch of Swarovski’s 120 year anniversary book published by Rizzoli, Swarovski: Celebrating a History of Collaborations in Fashion, Jewelry, Performance, and Design in which Hussein is featured.
An outstanding history
His pieces have been on display at some of the world’s top museums: Palais du Louvre, London’s Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Themes of technology and transformation resonate throughout his work, accompanied by an undercurrent of philosophical and social commentary.
Chalayan has been awarded the prestigious ‘Designer of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Awards in 1999 and 2000, as well as being recognized as a ‘Design Star’ at the 2007 Fashion Group International awards. Along with being listed as one of the ‘25 most powerful figures in the industry’ by the British Fashion Council, Chalayan was also credited by Time magazine as one of its ‘100 Most Influential Innovators of the 21st Century’. As fashion’s ‘one to watch’, Chalayan continues to harness the potential of Swarovski crystal through his groundbreaking work, and remains one of the world’s most formidable design talents.
Discover more on Hussein Chalayan’s past collections at www.swarovskicollective.com