Versace, globally recognized for her bold and lavish design aesthetic, looked to Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold opera for inspiration. This installment is the first of four music dramas within the Der Ring des Nibelungen opera cycle and follows character Alberich on his journey to steal a sacred golden bounty that is protected by three Rhine maidens. During a key scene, a beam of light permeates the depths of the Rhine to reveal the gilded treasure in the most spectacular way.
Versace expressed this visually stunning act with 380 Swarovski crystals depicting a treasure-like centerpiece illuminated by sparkling rays of sunshine and shimmering blue crystal waves.
“I am overjoyed that Donatella Versace has implemented my request for the use of imagery from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in such dramatic fashion,” said Maria Großbauer, Organizer of the Vienna Opera Ball. “Rhine gold and Rhine maidens against a backdrop of Italian opulence! It is such a joy for me to keep taking new inspiration from the rich diversity of operas to work with Swarovski on the design of the debutantes’ tiaras - and in doing so reaffirm the Opera Ball name.”
Since the 1950s, Swarovski has partnered with a different esteemed international designer each year to add signature sparkle to the debutante’s tiaras. Previous designers include the late Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane.
Special guest Elle Macpherson celebrated Conscious Luxury at this year’s event by wearing selected Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry pieces crafted with responsibly sourced Swarovski Created Diamonds. Her look featured the Art Deco Bracelet and Duchesse Ring as well as the Ángel Ring designed by actress Penélope Cruz.