Known for their effusive love of print and pattern, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have just scored a major award from one of the globe's biggest jewellery and crystal brands. Taking out the Swarovski Collective Prize and becoming €25,000 richer in the process, the British-based design duo impressed judges with their experimental use of Swarovski crystals in their spring/summer and autumn/winter 2015 collections.
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The inaugural Swarovski Collective Prize awards brands for innovative uses of crystals in their designs. With 14 labels competing for the new title, including Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Iris Van Herpen and Masha Ma - Peter Pilotto was in fine company.
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"Peter Pilotto has a unique aesthetic," says Nadja Swarovski. "Christopher [De Vos] and Peter presented two beautiful collections which showcased the versatility of our product and how it could be incorporated into, as well as complement their own strong brand signature."
Pilotto and De Vos have been working with Swarovski since 2010, and since then have explored new territory each season, using crystals to contrast with other materials such as Perspex and 3D florals. "It's important for us to have a contrast - and also to create something new," Pilotto told WWD. "The crystals are a very strong element, and always present a challenge. We are not at the end of our journey with Swarovski." Pilotto and De Vos plan to put their award money towards fabric research and manufacturing.
The Swarovski Collective was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 1999 with the aim of encouraging and supporting designers to experiment with crystals in their collections. Nadja worked with Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald and Philip Treacy at the beginning of their design careers and has since worked with 150 other designers.