To mark its 120th anniversary Swarovski held a star-studded dinner and gala at its stunning Austrian headquarters last night. The event also marked the re-opening of the Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal World), an exhibition space showcasing the history of the famous brand and containing one of the world's largest Swarovski stores.
The unusual venue will be familiar to some in the yachting industry as it was chosen to host the Showboat Design Awards in 2014. An unforgettable space, it is renowned for the giant face through which visitors enter and the incredible crystal-inspired interior decoration.
The event attracted a roster of famous faces, including singer FKA Twigs, who wore a crystal embellished dress designed by American duo Rodarte as part of the Swarovski Collective. She also chose a selection of jewellery from a collaboration between Swarovski and fine jeweller Shaun Leane.
“This is a truly thrilling moment for Swarovski. Daniel Swarovski had a dream and a vision which he realized using a combination of amazing technical innovations and creative collaborations. These creative talents have gone on to become our family over the past 120 years and tonight is the perfect way to thank them for bringing Swarovski’s perfectly cut crystal to life.” Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board (pictured with Stefano Tonchi).
“Tonight is a doubly joyful evening. We’re celebrating 120 years of Swarovski and we’re also celebrating this magnificent reconstruction of our Swarovski Kristallwelten experience. With a blend of the traditional and the avant-garde, tonight we are showcasing that crystal is still, and will remain in the future, a creative material in its own right. If Daniel Swarovski were here now he would be very proud.” Marcus Langes-Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board (pictured with Nadja Swarovski)
Interior designer Tom Dixon who created a number of innovative lighting installations for the Swarovski Crystal Palace, including the beautiful Ball chandelier.
London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, who has been part of the Swarovski Collective for four years. Famous for her work with bright, bold prints, Katrantzou uses Swarovski crystals to add texture and embellishment to her signature designs.
Jewellery designer Stephen Webster and his wife Assia in front of the giant's face which marks the entrance to the Swarovski Kristallwelten. Webster created Atelier Swarovski's first men's collection in 2010 and has worked with the brand on numerous ranges, including a jewellery collection inspired by James Bond film Skyfall.
British fine jeweller Shaun Leane first worked with Swarovski in 2003 on their Runway Rocks commission which saw the designer creating fantastical jewels for Alexander McQueen's catwalk collections.
Legendary French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has a long history with Swarovski. The designer most recently teamed up with the brand on Kaputt, a range of fine jewellery launched in conjunction with the Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer 15 haute couture collection.
Fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos of London-based label Peter Pilotto, also part of the Swarovski Collective.
Legendary photographer Nick Knight, founder of ShowStudio, and his wife Charlotte. Nick Knight has worked extensively with Swarovski during his career as a fashion photographer shooting campaign imagery and creating bespoke films for various projects, including Swarovski's sponsorship of current V&A Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty.