EVENT At Her Majesty’s service

Julien Macdonald’s costumes triumph at the Coronation Festival

The dazzle factor was sky-high at last month’s Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, London, courtesy of ten gorgeous creations from designer-to-the-stars, Julien Macdonald.


Distinguished guests were treated to the shimmering fruits of a collaboration between the London Fashion Week designer, English National Ballet, and SWAROVSKI, resulting in an array of crystal-rich costumes for three gala performances held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne. Ten dancers from the world-famous ballet company performed the specially commissioned piece, Tempus, in Macdonald’s stunning creations.

Each garment was inspired by the glamorous interiors of Kensington Palace and its colorful gardens, and took a trusted team of fifteen embroiderers, three machinists, and two pattern-cutters some three hundred hours per costume. In total, an astonishing 20,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in regally rich sapphires, purples, opals and dramatic blacks were applied, transforming Julien Macdonald’s sumptuous costumes into dancing pools of sparkling light.

Swarovski Crystals Magazine #01 - Everyday Extraordinary

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