What Goes Into Making A Swarovski Costume For The VS Fashion Show?

Last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was, as expected, completely over the top. And we loved every minute of it, from the sparkly (edited) outfits to Justin Bieber‘s dance break. But what goes into making those bedazzled bras and undies? We got the inside scoop straight from Swarovski.

This year, Swarovski and Victoria’s Secret collaborated on 14 looks, and to mark the decade-long relationship, they created a special 10th Anniversary costume, worn by Boston model Cameron Russell during the Screen Sirens part of the show. The outfit, which includes a bra, panty, sleeves, shawl, and an incredibly high collar (not unlike the one Ravenna wore in Snow White and the Huntsman), is covered entirely in Swarovski Elements.

The whole show required about nine months of work, and a Swarovski spokeswoman told us that the 10th Anniversary costume alone took over three months to create: “Some crystals were being sent from overseas, some were being hand embroidered, so it was done in stages and in pieces.”

With over a million Swarovski Elements used in the show itself, it’s hard to keep track of how many were used in the particular 10th Anniversary outfit. “The most crystals used were featured in this Silver Screen section,” the spokeswomen said. “There’s a combination of sew-on stones, crystals, and beads primarily on this piece. The majority of the costume is made from crystals, except for the ombré back, which is made from bugle beads. Everything else is crystal.”

Check out the dazzling costume in the gallery, and go behind-the-scenes with Russell in the video below:

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