As we look back through nearly a century of film, we find Swarovski-embellished costumes that have entered the history of Hollywood as unforgettable fashion looks. Read on and discover our style icons of the silver screen, dripping in Swarovski crystals.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The iconic burgundy velvet ballgown worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind causes quite a stir. Embellished with shining Swarovski crystals and finished with ostrich feathers, it is a fitting look for Scarlett to turn heads in and has become a favorite of film and fashion fans.
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Between American costume designer William Travilla and Marilyn Monroe, it was love at first sight. Travilla designed eight of the movie star’s most memorable costumes, including this sensational beaded and sequined gown and headdress for 20th Century Fox’s There’s No Business Like Show Business. The designer once said: “My clothes for Marilyn were an act of love, I adored her.” The feeling was mutual: “Billy… Please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn.”
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Set amid the glamour and glitz of the French Riviera, Grace Kelly plays an heiress with a jewelry collection worth fighting for. She wears a stunning necklace, featuring strands of glittering Swarovski crystals to lure the cat burglar John Robie, played by Cary Grant – and the plan works. The two then find themselves embroiled in a daring heist in an attempt to clear John’s name.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
When you think of 20th-century style on screen, it’s Audrey Hepburn who comes to mind, gazing into a store window in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her sleek monochrome shift dresses, matched with her opulent jewelry, have inspired countless costume partygoers ever since, and the stunning statement necklace and eye-catching tiara she wears later in the movie was made with Swarovski blue, jet and clear crystal beads.
Worn by Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic, this elegant gown embroidered with Swarovski crystals takes center stage in some of the movie’s most iconic scenes, such as the moment when she meets Jack on the staircase. Inspired by the sparkling high-fashion dresses of the Edwardian period, it features a square neckline and was paired with white silk gloves and a large jeweled necklace, courtesy of Oscar-winning costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott.