Sunday, 23 November 2008

Is your hair thinning? Falling out in clumps?

Worry no more. Cover your head in crystals. This guy, Philip looked amazing on Friday night at the V&A. The event - Nadja Swarovski, the great-great granddaughter of the Swarovki crystal empire was there giving a talk about the history of her family and business.

Her great-great-grandfather's attitude was "Diamonds were for royalty. I'll take the rest of the world" and that he did.

Did you know the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday Mr. President was covered in Swarovski crystals? What about Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz's ruby slippers? Those were Swarovski too. Audrey Hepburn's tiara in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Yep, that too.

The crystals weren't sold under the Swarovski brand name back then, but thanks to the late Isabella Blow, she introduced Swarovski into the fashion world and they started branding the name. From Zac Posen to Christopher Kane, Swarovski believes very strongly in supporting young talent. They support Runway Rocks within the jewellery industry where new designers create the ultimate catwalk jewellery piece. She said the company was open to being approached by young talent, so if you have a portfolio of work using crystals - be it dresses, jewellery, chandeliers, etc. check out their site and give them a call.

With so much talk about the crystals, I can't wait to start making a new turquoise and fuchsia crystal necklace, but first, I must finish the other projects I've started. The matryoshka doll from the last post is just about done and will be featured in our upcoming Christmas issue so stay tuned.

p.s. - The Titanic blue heart crystal necklace - Swarovski too!

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