The British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age is held at the V&A Museum until 12th August.
The British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age looks at the creative moments in post-war British design. Among them are two Swarovski collaborations represented in a section dedicated to British craftsmanship, which explores new technologies in the most inspirational ways.
The LED dress by Hussein Chalayan and the Falling Light installation by Troika are a stunning marriage of precision-cut SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and overwhelming design genius, both of them the result of methods using groundbreaking technology and breathtaking vision.
London-based designer Chalayan created the LED dresses for his Autumn/Winter 2007 collection in partnership with Swarovski. There is an otherworldly air about this exhibit, with its inner sheath of 15,600 LEDs that shines through an outer layer of crystals. Inspired by the idea of ‘sun and celebrity worship’, the mesmerizing LED dress glows and moves like lava as the small diode lazer lights interact with crystals to create prisms and deflected rays that bathe the wearer in a moving light. Says Chalayan: “We are creating ‘micro-geography’ with the body”: the lazers are set in a moving mechanism that pivot and point at the crystals, making them sparkle in a way never before seen in a garment.”
The multi-sensory Falling Light installation is an instantly soothing, evocative innovation from leading London design talent, Troika. Originally created for Swarovski Crystal Palace, the piece was launched at Design Miami in 2010. Tiny LED bulbs on metal arms sit above 50 pure, custom-cut crystal lenses to refract rainbow halos of light. As they radiate downwards, ethereal, glowing droplets appear on the gallery floor, resembling magical rainfall.