Fashion magpies listen up, the king of sparkle Julien Macdonald has teamed up with Swarovski and the English National Ballet to design ten bespoke costumes for the Queen's Coronation Festival tonight. The English National Ballet will perform Tempus, a specifically commisioned piece choreographed by George Williamson, in the gardens at Buckingham Palace with the dancers twinkling in Macdonald originals. How fabulous is that?
Now onto the sparkles, there are five male and five female hand-embroidered costumes which were created by a team of 15 embroiders, 3 machinists and 2 pattern cutters. The costumes have seriously heavy embellishment, as each took over 300 hours to complete and feature over 20,000 Swarovski Crystals per item. Tamara Rojo will wear a skin tight Julien Macdonald creation covered in 20,000 red hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. Julien is a natural choice of designer as he is the king of all things sparkly, as he first started working with Swarovski when he was the head knitwear designer at Givenchy.
As for his inspiration, Mr Macdonald said that 'The costumes themselves are inspired by the glamorous interiors of Kensington palace and the colourful gardens celebrating the Queen’s Coronation.' The costumes are also ever so patriotic, as they are an explosion of red, blue and gold sparkle. Of course Julien has fun with his fashion, so the costumes are a modern interpretation of the Palace.
The designer said about the collaboration: 'It’s a dream come true to work with the ENB, I’m a huge fan of the company and have enjoyed designing bespoke Swarovski encrusted costumes for them. Working alongside talents such as Tamara Rojo and George Williamson has been an incredibly inspiring and memorable experience that I will never forget.'