There really is only one name in cut crystal, and that’s Swarovski. The storied brand turns 120 this year, and it’s celebrating by hosting its first ‘Sparkling Couture’ exhibit in Dubai. For one day only on November 4th, the event will display the works of 40 couturiers and jewelers from around Asia and the Middle East who have employed Swarovski’s crystals on their unique designs. Readers of Savoir Flair will already be familiar with two of the names, which have been featured often on our virtual pages: Fatema Fardan and Georges Hobeika. We followed both designers on their creative journey to unveil the coming together of their designs.
Speaking about the gown she created for the exhibition, Fardan shares, “All elements of the gown were made with couture techniques, from the construction to the beading and fabric — it’s called a Jakob Schlaepfer fabric and I of course used Swarovski pearls and crystals.” In fact, Fardan’s exquisite look features a jaw-dropping 50,000 Swarovski crystals and pearl beads. Her labor of love defines the “couture” nature of the exhibition, with lavish embellishment underscored by technical fabrics and sculptural accents inspired by flowers. “I’m incredibly honored to be part of the event, especially because I’m placed alongside more established designers,” Fardan declares, “It’s just so surreal to be part of something as monumental as this.”
As for Hobeika, he crafted a gorgeous look made from hundreds of Swarovski crystals (a total of 31 different types) on tulle and shantung de soie material. “It is my privilege to be a part of this anniversary celebration and I wish Swarovski even more success over the coming decades,” he shares in our exclusive interview.
For a closer look at Fatema Fardan and Georges Hobeika’s contributions to the ‘Swarovski Sparkling Couture’ exhibition, click through the gallery.
A Sneak Peek at Georges Hobeika and Fatema Fardan's Swarovski Sparkling Couture Creations
“My piece is inspired by the shapes of flowers, creating a silhouette that is both sculptured and soft. The top of the dress up to the origami-pleated bodice is encrusted with Swarovski crystals, while the bottom is embroidered with a unique thread that changes color in the light.”
“Swarovski pearls, crystals, and hot fix crystals complemented embroidered couture tulle, an interesting techno organza, silk organza, and satin.”
“This piece is not for the faint of heart. It’s designed for a woman who wants to be the centre of attention at a grand occasion like a ball or wedding.”
“I loved the effects the Swarovski hot fix crystals created, as well as Swarovski’s pastel collection.”
“I love working with Swarovski because the quality is impeccable; it’s unlike any other on the market.”
“This creation is inspired by the gardens of Versailles Palace. The gardens’ exquisite floral beauty and romantic allure are expressed by this gown’s embroidery and fabrication, while the silhouette embodies the royalty of the Versailles setting.”
“I used tulle and shantung de soie, as well as hundreds of crystals – 31 different types of Swarovski crystals in total.”
“This dress would be worn by a young girl with a love for romance.”