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art spaces

Installations of MANISH ARORA and Susanne Bisovsky

Spaces within spaces: they are one of the architectural trademarks of Swarovski Wien. The art spaces illustrate the link between Vienna City Center’s popular shopping mile and Swarovski’s shimmering shopping worlds, but they are far more than a conceptual parallel: They are a platform for artists.

Nothern Lights

By Susanne Bisovsky - until April 2019

The art space at the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien is under the sign of the Northern Lights and the mystical effect of this spectacular natural phenomenon. For Viennese designer Susanne Bisovsky, it forms the basis for an avant-garde fashion design collection, set here against the backdrop of a sparkling icy scene.

With the installation "Northern Lights" haute couture fashion meets a Russian winter fairy tale, featuring beautiful princesses in an elaborate hand-made setting. Her projects go far beyond the clothes themselves: she also considers the contexts of place and time in which her designs are to be displayed. So it is no surprise that the scenes created by Susanne Bisovsky for Swarovski are anything but classic display windows.

“Glitteringly cold women” in a Russian country cottage

For the art space in the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien, Susanne Bisovsky evokes an arctic storm blowing open the doors and windows of an imaginary Russian dacha, with snow sweeping in to lay a protective blanket over everything inside. Susanne Bisovsky uses the elements of nature to conjure up a Siberian-style scene of icy, transparent lace. The ladies of the house are not freezing, however, as they are one with the ice and frost, wrapped in glittering robes that sparkle with thousands of crystals.

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Life is BEautiful

of Manish Arora

Indian fashion designer Manish Arora has been a key name on the catwalks at international fashion weeks for over ten years now.His fans include stars such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Under the banner “Life is Beautiful,” he has now created a collection of imaginative, colorful installations at the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien.

“LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL” — JOYFUL, HAPPY, OPTIMISTIC

“Life is Beautiful” was also the theme of Manish Arora’s very first fashion show, and it encapsulates the philosophy this optimistic fashion designer lives by each and every day, always remaining true to his Indian roots. The new installations are characteristic for his work – a radiant representation of his dynamic designs.

Opulent clothing set amid intense, festive colors and playful scenes inspire a delightful joie de vivre among visitors, making it irresistible to linger and explore these imaginative displays and sets, which show just what it is that makes life so beautiful.

JOY, HAPPINESS, AND A FESTIVE SPIRIT

The smaller display windows have cheerful titles such as “Happiness,” “Joy,” “Celebration,” and “Circus.” They display the Indian designer’s opulent fashion creations amid the most varied, multicolored backgrounds: tropical flower gardens with agile dragonflies and enchanting butterflies; playful sugary landscapes with tempting, sparkling cupcakes, donuts, and ice cream cones; dreamy underwater worlds with seashells and anchors; and delightful circus scenes with merry-go-rounds and tiger themes. 

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Installations

Spread over three floors of the store, there are installations of various artists and innovations made out of and using crystal.