Accessorise with a Personal Touch

DUBAI — Few things compare to the passion women have for jewellery. And, there certainly isn’t anything like customised baubles complementing outfits that reflect your personality.

By Raziqueh Hussain

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2009, 1:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:15 AM

Going just one step further in adding a complete personal touch to accessories is what women did at the Bride Show 2009 which concluded on Saturday. They tried a hand at designing and creating their jewellery — a complete do-it-yourself affair.

Most of those attending the workshop Create Your Style - Crystallized Elements were novices when it comes to the art of beading but they were obviously enjoying learning something new. Soniya, an Emirati woman who, along with her daughter, was seen beading some Swarovski crystals, said, “I made a necklace and my daughter made a bracelet. It was nice to learn something new today, a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” adding enthusiastically, “Now, since I’ve created my own jewellery and learnt what goes into the effort, it would be easier for me to choose jewellery in the future.”

“The idea of learning something new or creating something for yourself fits well with the emphasis on individuality in fashion. At a time when self-expression and mass customisation are critical elements of culture, the workshop finds a lot of takers,” says Penelope Georgakis, communications manager, Swarovski. Zenia Breidy, a designer, who taught women beading during the workshop said, “It’s inspiring actually, when you know you can help someone realise their dream of making their own jewellery.”

Weaving glass seed beads to make jewellery is a method dating back to early Native Americans and prehistoric African tribes. From learning seed bead stitches to mastering a few simple wire and stringing steps, Zenia taught women how to get that designer flair.

A British doctor from Abu Dhabi, Jill Gibson, was excited while stringing multi-coloured beads into a wire, but said, “I’m sure I could come up with something much better if only I had brought my spectacles along.”

Ayesha Saqib, a Pakistani national, completed making a bracelet in no time. “It was such fun. My bracelet is kind of cute by itself, I’ll figure out a way to wear it and show it off,” she said.

Arwah from Jordan was more ambitious with plans to make a necklace. “I took the session quite seriously as I plan to make more such pieces and gift them to my friends. I’m sure they would appreciate something funky and hand-made,” she says.

The Inspiration Book by Swarovski, to be launched at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee on May 31 to June 7 this year, embraces the contrasting cultures of Africa and Scandinavia and provides a wealth of style, colour and creative ideas to enhance the joy of working with Crystallized - Swarovski Elements. So, the next time you feel like being creativity and showing it off, go ahead, string some beads!

Young Designers Sparkle at the Bride Show

THE much-awaited results of the 10th CRYSTALLIZED Young Designers Awards were declared as part of the closing evening of The Bride Show Dubai 2009.

The coveted Innovation Award chosen from both the amateur and student categories was won by Edwin.P. de Jesus who is originally from Philippines but lives now in Dubai. Incidentally, de Jesus also won the runner-up award for the Amateur category. His dress which was a white and pink creation adorned with roses and CRYSTALLIZED –Swarovski Elements was accessorised with a long, matching jacket and a sparkling headpiece.

“I can’t even begin to explain how I feel. I am nervous and completely overwhelmed right now and can’t wait to begin my three-month internship with Swarovski Middle East,” said an exhilarated de Jesus after his receiving his two awards. The Amateur category award winner was Jihae Yun, originally from South Korea and now living in Dubai whose creation clearly impressed the judges and the audience as her dress was displayed on the ramp. While Bushra Khatib from Pakistan and a student of Preston University in Ajman was announced the winner of the Student Category, Maryam Telemasani, a Saudi national won the runner-up award.

The panel of judges comprising of designer Ahmed Al Reyaysa, Bansri Gagwani from Swarovski Middle East, Claire Turrel from ITP, Madiha Zaki from Sayidati magazine, Sophie Triantafillou from Emirates Woman magazine and designer Veronica di Santo, evaluated the dresses in terms of design, technique and the innovative use of the CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements. The finalists’ designs were on display throughout The Bride Show Dubai, alongside 300 exhibitors from 17 countries spanning the fashion, beauty and travel industries.

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