The 87th annual academy awards
In 2015, Swarovski partnered with production designer Derek McLane in his third year designing the look of the show. Using nearly 100,000 Swarovski crystals, this year’s set incorporated 22 different pieces including the stunning “Crystal Closedown Wall.” With a beautiful crystal gradient pattern, the wall drew viewers’ attention directly to the center of the stage.
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It took 9 people and nearly 600 hours to create the crystal closedown wall. Take a peek behind the crystal curtains to see how it all came together for the 87th Academy Awards.
OSCARS STAGES THROUGH THE YEARS
In 2007, Swarovski collaborated with J. Michael Riva to provide the crystal curtain for the nominated film Dreamgirls musical number. This was a one-ton, 34-foot custom designed Swarovski crystal curtain sparkling with over 50,000 crystals for show-stopping impact.
Two years later, Dolby Theater architect David Rockwell partnered with Swarovski to create his vision: a grand crystal proscenium curtain with over 100,000 Swarovski crystals. Bigger and grander than the 2007 curtain, this stood 60 feet tall and 100 feet wide - weighing in at three tons and being comprised of over 6,000 one-meter hand crafted strands. The curtain was so spectacular it had an encore the following year.
Steve Bass used crystal in his 2011 designs including risers, stage steps, and a starburst-inspired crystal “winners circle” featuring 11 different shapes and sizes of crystal. And the stars aligned in 2012 as John Myhre created a 70 foot wide by 40 foot high custom made Swarovski “star field” backdrop twinkling with nearly 4,500 crystals, with a shimmering “halo” of 2,000 crystals evoking a magical atmosphere true to the essence of Hollywood.
Derek McLane has been the reigning Oscars set designer since 2013, expanding the crystal reach to opera boxes and “swag drapes.” Most notably, the Ice Palace curtain was featured in the 2014 Oscars during Idina Menzel’s performance of the Frozen theme song, “Let It Go.”