Giorgio Armani followed in Christian Dior’s hallowed footsteps, when he created a Swarovski crystal exclusively for his use. The “Diamond Leaf” stone was given a special coating to give a metallic, shadowy effect and was then showcased on the finale dress at Armani’s autumn/winter 07/08 show in Milan. The designer said,
“Swarovski crystal brings a touch of magic to a dress, an ethereal quality, a lustre which never fails to captivate the attention,” he continued. “It was therefore a pleasure to be asked to create a new and unique crystal.”
Especially when Swarovski hasn’t worked with a designer in this way since the Fifties, when Christian Dior produced the “Aurora Borealis”, a successful stone used extensively in the fashion industry. The jeweler is also about to team up with designer Philip Treacy at Milan’s Salone Internationale del Mobile exhibition.