When there are no limits, you can truly experience a stellar sensation. This is precisely what you'll discover at the new Swarovski exhibition in Shanghai which unveils the history of collaborations between the Austrian crystal dynasty and the greatest artists of fashion, cinema, and music.
‘It is very emotional for me to see all these astonishing pieces together in our first brand exhibition, which is a celebration of craftsmanship and savoir-faire in every creative discipline. From conceptualisation to realisation, Masters of Light has been an extraordinary endeavour, and I could not be happier that the exhibition’s journey begins here in Shanghai, a city of culture and creativity, a hub of luxury and a global gateway,’ says Swarovski creative director Giovanna Engelbert.
Exploring Swarovski's universe from 19th-century Vienna to 21st-century Shanghai, this exhibition features 60 outfits designed by some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, including pieces by Alexander McQueen, Armani Privé, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Guo Pei, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Robert Wun, Thierry Mugler, and Vivienne Westwood. Among these remarkable garments are radiant red carpet ensembles worn by pop icons spanning different decades, including Harry Styles' unforgettable jumpsuit adorned with 250,000 Swarovski crystals. This exhibition shows how the collaboration between fashion and jewellery has pushed the boundaries of creativity to new heights.
The cosmic journey is curated by Alexander Fury, a renowned fashion journalist, author, critic, and curator. Fashion director of AnOther Magazine and the men's critic for the Financial Times, Fury previously held the position of fashion director at SHOWstudio, where recently he collaborated with Nick Knight on Daphne Guinness’ Hip, Neck, Spine music video, styling her in haute couture from her archive.
Swarovski’s Masters of Light exhibition is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai through October 9.