Dubai has never been dazzled quite like this before: from 8.30 until midnight on November 4, 2015, Swarovski celebrated its longstanding partnerships with the design world with the ‘Sparkling Couture’ exhibition. It also coincided with the crystal maison’s 120th anniversary, so what better reason to ask 36 designers from the Middle East and South Asia to each create one stunning piece exclusively for the event.

This is a part of the world where intricate embellishment has been raised to an art form, so the head-turning couture, exquisitely crafted jewelry, and show-stopping accessories displayed in each of five sections: bridal wear, ethnic wear, eveningwear and modest wear, plus accessories and statement jewelry, are certain to remain a subject of conversation for some time to come.