Fashion Awards trophy designed with Swarovski crystal

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Architect John Pawson designed the crystal trophy for the Fashion Awards, scheduled to be held at the Royal Albert Hall next month.

The British Fashion Council commissioned the architect to design the trophy as a unique work of art that symbolizes the awards themselves and serve as a memento of the evening. Pawson was chosen for his extensive experience, which includes awards for outstanding architectural design.

Master cutters from the Swarovski headquarters in Wattens, Austria brought Pawson’s crystal awards design to life. Measuring 240mm high and 60mm wide, a shiny thread of colour is found in the centre of the crystal cylinders. A slanted top is fashioned with a convex lens, which draws attention to the coloured thread. Each unique glass piece weighs approximately 1.5kg.

Pawson considered the diverse and rich experiences of the many nominee’s outstanding achievements when designing the engraved glass trophies. For this reason he opted to line each award with its’ own uniquely coloured thread. Each trophy is a special piece on its’ own, but when viewed together they become a tribute to the wide range of talents this years’ ceremony will acknowledge.

Nominees for the 2017 awards were announced in October. Fashion industry leaders from both inside and outside the UK are featured, including designers like Alessandro Michele and Jonathan Anderson. Also included on the list are Tom and Ruth Chapman, who are founders of, as well as the musical artist Rihanna, who was chosen for her Fenty Puma line of shoes.

This years’ ceremony will be held on Monday, December 4, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Pawson joins the list of renowned designers that have been chosen by the British Fashion Council to create their awards. Other popular names include the 2016 designs from Marc Newson.

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