British Fashion Council Partners with Swarovski, John Pawson for Awards

The British Fashion Council and Swarovski have commissioned architectural designer John Pawson to design the crystal trophy for the BFC Fashion Awards 2017 on December 4.

Pawson is known for his residential building designs and architectural expertise for retail stores like Calvin Klein. Pawson’s latest project was the renovation of London’s Design Museum. For the Fashion Awards, minimalist designer Pawson produced a slanted crystal cylinder trophy with a lacquer center core. Dubbed “Filament,” each award is a work of art in itself. The pieces encase a different colored stick to represent the diversity and individualism of the Fashion Award nominees.

The diversity of colors for the British Fashion Council Fashion Awards 2017

“The trophy is a symbolic memento of the night so I wanted to create something special that would be both a beautiful object in its own right and a fitting tribute to the achievements of this year’s winners,” designer Pawson explained. “I wanted to design something reduced to its simplest possible form, in this case, the cylinder — something you could hold in your hand — which I could then retune to use the inherent qualities of Swarovski crystal.”

Designer John Pawson poses while working on the trophy

The crystal trophies are handcrafted by Swarovski master cutters in Austria, with each award weighing over 3 pounds. The awards will be handed out to twelve winners, ranging from Designer of the Year to Model of the Year.

The BFC and Swarovski selected Pawson as this year’s award designer due to his inspirational singular design aesthetic. “Pawson’s elegant concept is both a stunning celebration of Swarovski crystal and an inspired tribute to the diverse talent who will be recognized at this year’s awards,” Executive Board Member Nadja Swarovski stated.

The BFC Fashion Awards celebrate innovative fashion designers and trendsetters. The gala is hosted in London and raises money for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation.

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