Swarovski's 'Crystal Loves Abaya' at The Empty Quarter in Dubai
A sparkling collaboration on display
Swarovski's collaboration with six young designers from the Gulf Cooperation Council region has been displayed in Dubai, each designer having created a capsule collection of three or four abayas.
The six designers, each of whom also has their own label, include two from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Riyadh-based Hania Albraikan for Hania, and Jeddah-based Rawan Azhar of Ta Marbota. From Qatar comes Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi for Medici, and from Oman, Lubna Al Zakwani for Endemage. The two United Arab Emirates-based designers are Abeer Al Suwaidi for her eponymous brand, and Sara Al Madani for Rouge Couture. Each was commissioned to apply their creative vision to creating Abaya designs that bring to life their individual brand identity and design language.
Visitors came to witness the creations last week at Dubai's The Empty Quarter gallery, which is located at the Dubai International Financial Centre.