Nadja Swarovski has been honored with the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of her tireless contribution to French culture through her support for projects in fashion, the arts and design, and at the Château de Versailles.
Catherine Pégard, President of the Château de Versailles, presented Ms. Swarovski with this prestigious distinction during a ceremony at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée on March 1, 2017.
Swarovski has enjoyed a close relationship with the Château de Versailles for the past 30 years, during which time the company has supported a number of notable projects. Like providing a new lighting systems for both the King’s Chamber and Madame de Pompadour’s apartments using specially designed crystal LED candles and also collaborating with designers like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to create the Gabriel Chandelier, which became the first contemporary artwork to be installed in the palace in its history.
This honor also recognizes her significant contributions to the French arts and cultural scene. Nadja Swarovski has been instrumental in strengthening the relationships her great-great-grandfather forged with the Parisian fashion industry in the late 19thcentury, when he first provided visionary French designers with sparkling crystals to adorn their Haute Couture creations.