Swarovski brings a unique quality to Disney’s live-action films with a brilliance and iridescence that lights up the screen. For Beauty and the Beast (2017) Belle’s sweeping yellow gown was transformed by the magic of Swarovski. Designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran, it glittered with more than 2,000 hand-applied crystals. When Durran wished for opulence, she reached for Swarovski crystals, lavishing sparkling stones and vintage Swarovski jewelry on the rest of the ball’s esteemed guests.
The Bell Jar that houses the enchanted rose is at the heart of Beauty and the Beast. Swarovski’s master cutters recreated the design from the original animated film, decorating the top of its ornate dome with a bespoke-cut crystal finial shining with 543 facets. The enchanted rose then became the inspiration for a bold and beautiful jewelry collection from Atelier Swarovski.
Swarovski crystal also had a starring role in Cinderella (2015). In collaboration with Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, the crystal slippers conjured by Cinderella’s fairy godmother were crafted in Swarovski crystal. It took 150 hours to cut the slippers from solid crystal, and they gain their rainbow-like iridescence from Swarovski’s iconic Aurora Borealis effect. Cinderella’s breathtaking blue ball gown was also lavished with sparkle. Powell embellished the eight-tiered skirt with more than 100,000 Swarovski crystals.
To celebrate Cinderella, Powell collaborated with Atelier Swarovski on a collection inspired by Cinderella’s wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine. The designs evoke vintage Art Deco jewelry and are studded with baguette-cut Swarovski crystals in emerald and gold topaz.
When Aladdin the musical came to London’s West End in 2016, it brought with it a record-breaking amount of sparkle – over two million Swarovski crystals embellished 337 costumes for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and the cast. On stage the effect was truly dazzling, elevating the show into the realms of magic and make-believe. Swarovski really does make all your wishes come true.