May 28, 2013

When Creativity Meets Glamour: Objets D’Art Paved With Swarovski Crystals

Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has been, for decades now, pursuing the noble tradition of promoting fashion as an industry, supporting its development as a recognised branch of arts and culture. The CFDA Fashion Awards, also known in the industry as ”The Fashion Oscars”, annually honour excellence in the field of fashion design, offering winners a prestigious and much sought-after title.

One of the most closely-watched categories of the CFDA Awards is the one featuring young talents. Year after year, CFDA members along with Swarovski, support emerging talents in the field of fashion design, offering them an invaluable launching platform.

This year, for the CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony, set to take place on June 3rd, the nine nominees for the title of ”Emerging Talent”, a prize offered by Swarovski, have been working to create a special collection – a set of nine home décor items, all minutely adorned with Swarovski Elements crystals.

Swarovski Crystal Ducati Formula 1 racing helmet by Tim Coppens, € 1,545

Swarovski Crystal Ducati Formula 1 racing helmet by Tim Coppens, € 1,545

Swarovski Crystal Kink BMX bicycle by Public School, € 1,931

Swarovski Crystal Kink BMX bicycle by Public School, € 1,931

Swarovski Crystal New Balance sneakers by Todd Snyder, €193

Swarovski Crystal New Balance sneakers by Todd Snyder, €193

The creativity exercise that the nine nominees have had to face, translated into the construction of a series of objects, each featuring a personal touch, which were then treated to a glamorous makeover, in the form of being paved with thousands of sparkling crystals.

Swarovski Crystal vase set by Jennifer Meyer, € 1,352

Swarovski Crystal vase set by Jennifer Meyer, € 1,352

Swarovski Crystal iPad case by Irene Neuwirth, € 541 (iPad included)

Swarovski Crystal iPad case by Irene Neuwirth, € 541 (iPad included)

Swarovski Crystal cactus by SUNO, € 232

Swarovski Crystal cactus by SUNO, € 232

The result? A set of objets de décoration, ranging from pieces of day-to-day use, such as the iPad case featuring a caricature of Teddy, Irene Neuwirth’s dog, or the crystallised vase set by Jennifer Meyer, to out-of-the-ordinary spectacular pieces, like the cactus encrusted with 600 tiny crystals by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (SUNO), or the set of wood, turquoise and crystal arrows, imagined by Pamela Love.

Swarovski Crystal kitchen knife set by Cushnie et Ochs, € 772

Swarovski Crystal kitchen knife set by Cushnie et Ochs, € 772

Swarovski Crystal arrow set by Pamela Love, € 309

Swarovski Crystal arrow set by Pamela Love, € 309

Swarovski Crystal Vintage pin-up artwork by Creatures of the Wind, € 386

Swarovski Crystal Vintage pin-up artwork by Creatures of the Wind, € 386

The precious objets d’art created by the CFDA nominees may be viewed and purchased at the Fivestory boutique in New York, between Mai 21st and June 3rd. The funds raised from their selling will be donated to Free Arts NYC, a non-profit organisation aimed towards helping children in need, by providing mentoring pragrammes, as well as art education.

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