Dolce&Gabbana designed the Swarovski Tiara for the debutantes of the Vienna Opera Ball 2018
Dolce&Gabbana drew inspiration for the richly detailed headpiece from Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro, in particular, the words sung in the eighth scene of the first act: “Giovani lieti – fiori spargete!” (“Happy maids, scatter flowers!”). This image has been poetically reflected in the floral design of the tiara, where delicate blossoms meet organic curved leaves created using 702 Swarovski crystals and “Xirius Chatons” in Crystal and Golden Shadow shades as well as six rose-colored enamel flowers.
Swarovski’s creative partnership with the famous Vienna Opera Ball has existed since the 1950s. Organized by the Vienna State Opera, the event is the cultural highlight of the Viennese ball season.
Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera: “I am thankful and thrilled about the wonderful relationship between the Wiener Staatsoper and Swarovski – and I am pleased that this grows stronger from year to year. It is so fulfilling to see how good teamwork and enthusiasm lead to extraordinary things – for instance that the ‘Big Players’ of the Fashion and Design world can be secured for the Vienna Opera Ball: last year, Karl Lagerfeld, this year, Dolce & Gabbana. The beauty of this is that the thrilling fairy tale experience of the ‘Opernball’ becomes something very special, and not only for the debutants who have the honor of opening the ball with this unique Tiara.”
Maria Großbauer, Organizer of the Vienna Opera Ball: “Two opera ball dreams have come true for me this year: firstly, that thanks to the outstanding commitment of Nadja Swarovski and her team, we have once again managed to secure one of the world’s most prestigious design houses for the Swarovski-Tiara design for the Vienna Opera Ball 2018: Dolce & Gabbana. Moreover, Dolce & Gabbana, whose style I personally love, have not only made my dream of a connection with opera come true, but exceeded my every expectation. The designers selected a passage from my suggested Mozart opera Le nozze di Figaro, which was then used as the inspiration for the tiara design. It is the ultimate crowning of the overall concept ‘Alles Oper!’ – I’m really happy!”
Each year, Swarovski works with a different international designer to impart the debutantes’ tiaras with extraordinary brilliance.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are delighted that the 2018 Vienna Opera Ball tiara is designed by our long-lasting collaborators – the incredible Dolce&Gabbana. The debutantes have been wearing a Swarovski tiara at the opening ceremony of the Opera Ball since the 1950s, and we are honored to collaborate with these fantastic designers to continue this tradition.”
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
Established in 1985, Dolce&Gabbana is an international leader in the fashion and luxury goods sector. The founders, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, have always been the creative and stylistic source of all the brand’s activities as well as the drivers behind the development strategies. The Group creates, produces and distributes high-end clothing, leather goods, footwear, accessories, jewelry and watches. The brand is present in the Prêt-à-porter segment with Men’s, Women’s and Children’s collections and with Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, Alta Gioielleria and Alta Orologeria collections. The only activities entrusted to licensee partners are the production and distribution of Eyewear and Beauty lines.
Wiener Staatsoper / Wiener Opernball
The Wiener Staatsoper is one of the world’s major opera houses. The season spans from September to June and offers – unlike any other opera house worldwide – over 300 performances of over 60 opera and ballet works. Every year sees guest performances from the biggest opera stars and conductors at the Vienna State Opera. Once a year, the opera house is transformed into a dazzling ballroom: for the “Wiener Opernball”, which has an undisputed worldwide reputation as Austria’s traditional ball par excellence. This large-scale musical feast combines high culture with entertainment and facilitates meetings between more than 5.000 artists, businessmen, politicians, sport and entertainment personalities as well as ball lovers from home and abroad who enjoy a fabulous party in the most beautiful ballroom in the world.