Swarovski Illuminates Stage with Unique Crystal Set Designs for Oscars 2019
The 91st Academy Awards recently concluded at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
Swarovski, which had partnered with award-winning creative director and designer David Korins, best known for his work on the Broadway hits “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hanson,” added dazzling embellishment to a selection of his set designs for the 91st Oscars. This year’s show marked Korins’ first time as production designer and Swarovski’s 12th time illuminating the Oscars stage. Key features of this year’s set design included the “Crystal Cloud,” a 1,600-pound, cloud-shaped installation; the “Crystal Swag,” a three-floor high, 54-foot-wide ribbon-like formation; and two “Crystal Presenter Backings,” as per an official release.
Over 41,000 Swarovski crystals were integrated into the four designs, which took a team of 15 people over 2,100 hours to fabricate. The “Crystal Cloud” and “Crystal Swag” were both inspired by natural geography. The “Crystal Cloud” was a sparkling interpretation of atmospheric clouds, with over 1,250 crystal strands floating ethereally over the stage. The striking “Crystal Swag,” created from nearly 400 crystal strands alongside a crystalized steel structure, was designed to look like a waterfall flowing from the ground up. The “Crystal Presenter Backings,” which appeared on stage behind award presenters, were free-flowing creations adorned with 1,800 crystals, according to the release.
“Korins’ vision was to create abstract and organic shapes that make the audience and stage feel as one, representing a feeling of inclusivity. His designs gain warmth and illumination from thousands of precision-cut Swarovski crystal beads, flatbacks, and pearls in gold and silver shades. These elegant designs will bring the theater to life on awards night, celebrating Swarovski’s long-standing connection with the Academy Awards and the company’s heritage in the entertainment industry,” said the release.
As per the release, Swarovski’s history on the silver screen goes back to the early days of Hollywood over 85 years ago, when its crystals made their Hollywood debut in the Marlene Dietrich film “Blonde Venus.” It is a history sparkling with iconic moments, from Marilyn Monroe singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” wearing dazzling Swarovski jewels in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to Audrey Hepburn accessorizing her Little Black Dress with a chic Swarovski tiara in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” In recent years Swarovski crystals have appeared in a host of exciting productions, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Black Swan,” “The Great Gatsby” and Disney’s adaptations of “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.”