A detailed look at the Swarovski crystal looks in the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange project.
The Exchange: Kenya x Zambia | Kenya
Designer Deepa Dosaja x Artisans Mumwa Crafts Association | Artisan Fashion
Deepa Dosaja’s collections integrate Haute Couture techniques on luxurious natural materials. Swarovski crystals add a dimension of light to this gown with heat applied crystals on the hem scattered in various densities and crystal stones in shades of Golden shadow and amethyst sewn into the centres of the flowers on the bodice.
The Exchange: Nigeria x Malawi
Designer NKWO x artisan Joel Suya
The piece titled ‘Spirit of the Dance’ is inspired by Malawian traditions and crafted in hand-loomed Asooke cloth by a group of women based in Kogi state in central Nigeria, according to a traditional craft of the Yoruba people. Movement and drama are added to the piece with tassels and strings of amber, peach and gold Swarovski crystals.
The Exchange: Sierra Leone x Ghana / The Gambia
Designer Sydney-Davies x artisans Big Dread Kente / Ousman Toure, Continent Clothing
Inspired by modern queens, the look created by Sydney Davies is comprised of a natural raffia-fringed hand-woven Kente cloth skirt and oversized wrap jacket. The look is completed with a recycled plastic bralette top embellished with hand applied upcycled Swarovski crystals in shades of blue and gold to create a bumblebee motif.
The Exchange: St Kitts and Nevis x Grenada
Designer Iridescent Fashion x Artisan Neisha La Touche
Swarovski crystal fancy and sew-on stones embellish the bust, bodice and backpiece of the look created by Iridescent Fashion which captures the festivity and beauty of the Caribbean islands' carnivals. Crafted in luminous yellow fabric, crystals in shades of red, Siam and tangerine have been intricately embroidered to enhance piece.
The Exchange: The Bahamas x Barbados
Designer Theodore Elyett x Artisan Catherine Rocheford
Inspired by the aquatic life of the Carribean the piece by Theodore Elyett features a silhouette derived from the fluid waters surrounding the island, the bodice is embroidered with upcycled crystal beads in a range of colors of Capri Blue, Aquamarine, Jonquil and Aurora Boreales which echo the designer's island roots.
This content has been specifically curated for the Google Arts & Culture platform on behalf of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange exhibition that launched on the 19th of February at Buckingham Palace in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.
The project, created and managed by Eco-Age, with the support of The Commonwealth Fashion Council and The British Fashion Council.
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Read more about the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at http://eco-age.com/commonwealth-fashion-exchange/