Designer Derek McLane has been designing the stage at the Oscars for four years, adding Swarovski crystal to each design. Since 2007, more than 880,000 Swarovski crystals have been used in the Oscars set design, and more than one million crystals have been incorporated into the costumes. Over the past four years, McLane has collaborated with Swarovski to create an 80’ x 40’ crystal “closedown wall,” eight variations of crystal curtain backdrops including the six “swag drapes” for Idina Menzel’s performance of the Oscar-winning song Let It Go. Adele’s performance of the Oscar-winning song Skyfall was also lit by a Swarovski crystal backdrop.
Since the 1930s, Swarovski has been astonishing moviegoers with enchanting crystallized costume and set designs. Swarovski crystal made its Hollywood debut with Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 film Blonde Venus, with the then-emerging starlet decked out in crystallized statement jewelry pieces and crystal embellished dresses. Swarovski has shone from costumes worn by award winning actresses such as Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more recently, Jennifer Hudson in Dream Girls and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! and Lily James in Cinderella. Custom shimmering costumes, decor and chandeliers have also made appearances in Black Swan, Skyfall and The Great Gatsby.