Swarovski’s presence and influence in the fashion industry extends beyond the major brands and household names it works with on a regular basis. Swarovski prides itself in its work with independent designers and emerging talent across the world. The support of a selection of designers via this collaboration with Wolf & Badger is just one of the activities Swarovski undertakes to help creatives reach their true potential.

Rolf Ekroth at the 31 st International Festival of Fashion & Photography, Hyères

Designer: Rolf Ekroth, Finland. Credit: Etienne Tordoir/Catwalkpictures

The Application Room Concept

Swarovski’s support for young talent is carried out on a global scale and includes pro-active sponsoring of the world’s most prestigious design institutes.  Currently, Swarovski is sponsoring work with graduates in nine design schools worldwide: Donghua University in Shanghai, Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Tel Aviv, the Royal College of Art in London, Bunka Fashion Graduate College in Tokyo, Istanbul Moda Academy in Istanbul, School of Design in Kolding/Denmark, Parsons -  The New School for Design in New York, Design Academy Eindhoven, in the Netherlands and Istituto Europeo de Design in Milan. Swarovski not only provides the important technical training for teachers at these prestigious institutes but also the necessary supplies. This includes all the equipment required for diverse crystal applications, a yearly amount of Swarovski Crystals for crystal design inspiration as well as presentations of the newest design directions and trends. Students enjoying access to Swarovski’s application rooms receive the knowledge and expertise necessary to inspire and develop their innovative jewelry concepts and realize their crystal fashion design visions.

Necklace from designer Tatiana Lobanova – winner of Swarovski Award

Designer: Tatiana Lobanova, Kazakhstan. Credit: ITS 2016

Platforms for up-and-coming Talents

Swarovski takes additional pride in aiding emerging young designers through the support of exciting platforms around the world.  Both the International Festival of Fashion & Photography, held each year in Hyères, France for fashion design and ITS (International Talent Support) held in Trieste, Italy for jewelry design are two examples of Swarovski’s involvement in such competitions. It is of vital importance to Swarovski to encourage new design talent in an exploration of the immense versatility of crystal as a creative ingredient in their work.