Preview: Elan, Faraz Manan, Maria B and Tena Durrani set to shine at Swarovski exhibition

Published 27 Oct, 2015 04:44pm

Images Staff

Swarovski is celebrating its 120th anniversary in November with an exhibition titled Sparkling Couture

Swarovski is celebrating its 120th anniversary in characteristic style.

The cut crystal and costume jewellery brand is inviting its frequent collaborators – designers from all over the Middle East and South Asia, from Pakistan and India to Saudi Arabia and UAE – to its first ever Sparkling Couture exhibition, where the designers will showcase designs created with Swarovski crystals.

This grand affair taking place at Dubai's Madinat Arena on November 4 will feature the works of four Pakistani designers, including Khadija Shah of Elan, Maria B, Faraz Manan and Tena Durrani.

Images got an exclusive preview of the ensembles created for Sparkling Couture by our designers .

Khadija Shah of Elan

Elan has created a Swarovski-studded angrakha for the Sparkling Couture exhibition – Photo courtesy Elan
Elan has created a Swarovski-studded angrakha for the Sparkling Couture exhibition – Photo courtesy Elan

Khadija Shah has created an angrakha in Elan's signature pastel palette. The ensemble, made with Chantilly laces, nets, organzas and tissues in shades of silver, will be encrusted in Swarovski crystals from top to bottom.

"This Élan ensemble is a definition of both, elegance and grandeur. Inspired by the old world charm, the angrakha has an effortlessly feminine quality to it specially when combined with the classic Élan hues," Khaija Shah said about her creation.

Maria B

The sketch of Maria B's design for Swarovski's Sparkling Couture exhibition - Photo courtesy Maria B
The sketch of Maria B's design for Swarovski's Sparkling Couture exhibition - Photo courtesy Maria B

Maria B went all out and created her dream bridal jora. "I would love to wear this piece if I was getting married again," she enthused.

Maria B looks over her design in creation – Photo courtesy Maria B
Maria B looks over her design in creation – Photo courtesy Maria B

The dress, created with pure silk organza, nets and pure handwoven silk, may have a subdued palette consisting of a dove grey base with deep sea blue accents, but its embroidery is an expression of a woman’s personality. 3D flowers signify women's love of flowers, while nets, beads and crystals speak of their love for jewellery.

A designer at Maria B works on the embroidery sketch - Photo courtesy Maria B
A designer at Maria B works on the embroidery sketch - Photo courtesy Maria B

Faraz Manan

Faraz Manan believes his ensemble is fit for a queen – Photo courtesy Faraz Manan
Faraz Manan believes his ensemble is fit for a queen – Photo courtesy Faraz Manan

With a Swarovski-encrusted bodice, the Faraz Manan ensemble has been created in silk and organza and marries Western silhouettes with eastern embellishment.

Faraz Manan believes he's created an ensemble that's fit for a queen, and says that it is a dress Queen Rania would wear.

Tena Durrani

The sketch for Tena Durrani's creation for Sparkling Couture – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani
The sketch for Tena Durrani's creation for Sparkling Couture – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani

Tena Durrani's ensemble has been inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry. Tena has translated the nature theme in the British poet's work into crystalline birds and delicate floral embroidery, and created a piece that celebrates the femininity and beauty of springtime.

Tena Durrani examines the embroidery of her piece – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani
Tena Durrani examines the embroidery of her piece – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani
Approximately 150,000 crystals are being incorporated in this piece – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani
Approximately 150,000 crystals are being incorporated in this piece – Photo courtesy Tena Durrani

A total of 41 brand have been invited to participate at the Sparkling Couture exhibition, including India's JJ Valaya, Suneet Sharma and Amrapali Jewellery.

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