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12 September 2015

2.5 million Swarovski crystals for the costumes (dresses, shoes, headpieces...) of Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' tour

It's the fourth time that Madonna's design team and Swarovski have worked together for a tour. For the 'Rebel Heart' tour, over 350 items have been crystallized from clothing, shoes, hats, to masks, guitar straps, gloves, and other garments. Over 2.5 million Swarovski crystals were used for the costumes and it took over 1,200 hours to apply the crystals to the costumes.

Fashionoffice received some additional costume related numbers: 10.000 hours have gone into the creation of costumes from Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski for the 'Rebel Heart' tour. More than 1.000 wardrobe pieces are required for all the performers onstage and 500 pair of shoes have been custom made. 60 people make up the costume staff dressing, sewing and adjusting the costumes night after night.

fig.: The image on this page is from the start of Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' tour at Bell Centre in Montreal (Canada) on 9 September 2015 and shows Madonna perfoming onstage in a flapper dress embellished with thousands of Swarovski crystal stones with skirt-part made of crystal-studded organza ribbon fringes. Madonna wears the dress in combination with black crystal fringed opera gloves. The outfit was created by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation; (C) 2015 Kevin Mazur.

Costume designer Arianne Phillips and Madonna have collaborated for the new show with designers, labels like Alessandro Michele for Gucci (gypsy clothing and headpieces for the singer and her dancers), Jeremy Scott for Moschino (picture on this page), Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski. Arianne Phillips' original designs are also part of the show. Accessories designers include Lilly e Violetta, Zana Bayne, Lynn Ban, Majesty Black, Julia Clancey, Rachel Freire, Cinza Aria, Gaspar Gloves, Geoffrey Mac, and Michael Schmidt.

On 16 and 17 September, Madonna performs on the 'Rebel Heart' tour stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, followed by other cities in US during the next months; in November and December, the 'Rebel Heart' tour can be attended in European cities like Köln, Prague, Berlin, London, Paris... Full schedule with 2016 dates for Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney... on madonna.com/tour.


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