Swarovski has long since had a partnership with Vienna Opera Ball wherein they create the delightful tiaras worn by the debutantes at the ball. This year the Swiss crystal company enlisted Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana to design the tiaras- and the results were spectacular.
The designers drew inspiration from Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro, specifically the words: “Giovani lieti – fiori spargete!” (“Happy maids, scatter flowers!”). This phrase was interpreted into the floral design of the tiaras created for the 2018 Vienna Opera Ball. The design uses 702 Swarovski crystals and “Xirius Chatons” in colors like Crystal and Golden Shadow in addition to six rose-colored enamel flowers. The flawless designs are absolutely fit for a princess.
Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera said, “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.”
“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!” said Maria Großbauer, Organizer of the Vienna Opera Ball.