Sparkle Plenty



Interview: Industry IconsNadja Swarovski is at home in the fashion industry. After all, her great-great-grandfather, who in 1895 founded the Austrian crystal company that bears his name, was called upon by Queen Victoria’s dress designers to lend a little sparkle to her royal robes. Over the years, Swarovski has jazzed up the ruby slippers Dorothy donned in The Wizard of Oz, the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President Kennedy, and even the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony. (Three tons of clear, topaz, and smoky brown crystals were used to make the curtain framing the Kodak Theatre stage!) So it’s no surprise that when Nadja Swarovski joined the family business in 1995 after public relations stints at names such as Valentino and Bulgari, she added yet another layer to the tradition: high fashion. By wooing major designers, signing on as a sponsor of the Council of F
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