A Look inside the tome
The book showcases a series of stunning couture looks by fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel, Prada and Alexander McQueen, who integrate Swarovski crystal into their collections season after season. It also presents unforgettable images illustrating how stage and screen legends such as Dietrich, Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé have captured the crystal Zeitgeist by adding dazzling voltage to their looks with Swarovski crystals.
Other highlights include design commissions from the New York Metropolitan Opera’s iconic Sputnik chandelier to large-scale installations by luminaries such as Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad and Yves Béhar.
With a foreword by the legendary fashion commentator and Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes, and an introduction by Alice Rawsthorn, writer for the International New York Times on design and culture, the volume charts Swarovski’s remarkable contribution to the creative industries through essays by Vivienne Becker of the Financial Times; acclaimed film and theatre costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis; director of the Design Museum London, Deyan Sudjic, and the distinguished fashion academic and journalist Colin McDowell.
Nadja Swarovski commented, “This book, with its essays by some our finest cultural observers, is a tribute to the achievements not just of five generations of the Swarovski family, but to our wider extended family of creative collaborators as well. Its pages are a testament to the work of the visionary artists, designers, couturiers and craftsmen who have explored crystal’s infinite creative potential, keeping Swarovski at the forefront of innovation.”
Showcasing never-before-published contemporary and archival photographs, this beautiful volume tells for the first time the illustrious tale of Swarovski's heritage and the brand's cutting-edge presence today.
The book’s global publication will be fêted with glamorous launch events in Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York, accompanied by an exhibition showcasing some of the unique pieces from the Swarovski archives which appear in its pages. A series of talks featuring distinguished names from the world of fashion and design will accompany the launch and exhibition.
The cocktail reception following the launch of the exhibition and book reveal in Paris at the Salons France-Amériques featured a special performance from singer and model Caroline Vreeland, great grand-daughter of fashion icon Diana Vreeland, whom Atelier Swarovski honored through a Legacy Collection back in 2013. Caroline performed two of her original songs – including upcoming single “Black Summer” – as well as two covers which enchanted the evening’s illustrious guests.
Nadja Swarovski will be signing copies of the anniversary volume in New York during the reveal of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman Holiday windows on November 17th at the famous luxury destination’s flagship store. The Parsons School of Fashion is hosting an exclusive talk with Nadja Swarovski, Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman and designer Naeem Khan on November 19th, featuring highlights from Swarovski’s 120 year history and in celebration of the anniversary book’s launch.