February 28, 2016: On the biggest night of the Hollywood calendar, dominated by dresses to die for, maverick host Chris Rock’s raucous banter, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar®, it was the crystal curtain that set the tone.
Hollywood is all about illusion and smoke ‘n’ mirrors, and Swarovski has been contributing to the atmosphere at the Oscars since 2007. This year, Tony Award®-winning production designer Derek McLane set the scene at the Dolby Theatre® for the fourth time. His vision entailed a staggering golden proscenium arch that featured 18 panels of over 37,000 Swarovski crystals and weighed 20,000 pounds. It framed the entire stage, setting a glittering tone for the night’s proceedings. He also designed a massive 80ft x 40ft crystal closedown wall consisting of 149 black panels emblazoned with another 22,000 crystals, which took nine artisans 580 hours to assemble.
And it didn’t stop there: the theater’s opera boxes and 10 custom-made torchieres also received Swarovski’s magic touch. The latter were a special feature that contributed to the set’s nightclub atmosphere during Weeknd’s smoldering performance of “Earned It” from the film, Fifty Shades of Grey. And that’s without even mentioning the jaw-dropping gowns paraded by the bevy of beauties on the red carpet outside… Blinding!
Photo by Derek McLane.