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Swarovski and Disney Create Footwear Magic

For the upcoming Disney live action film Cinderella, Swarovski has collaborated with Academy Award winning costume designer Sandy Powell to create magical looks from the fairytale, including the iconic glass slipper given to Cinderella by her Fairy Godmother.

Powell, a longtime Swarovski collaborator, worked with the technicians at the Swarovski’s headquarters in Austria to design the crystal slippers. In total, a team of eight spent 150 hours working on six different versions before the final model was decided on. The end product is a dazzling slipper hewn from solid crystal with a six-inch heel featuring 221 facets in a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating.

In addition to the shoes, a suite of shimmering Swarovski-embellished costumes play a pivotal role in the classic fairy tale, including gowns, jewelry, accessories, hair, wigs and props. The crystal house provided over 1.7 million crystals, which movie watchers will see blended with vintage pieces throughout the grand ballroom scenes.

Powell said, “For me, Swarovski crystals are a key creative ingredient to add sparkle, depth and color to my costumes. Cinderella is without doubt the ultimate romantic fairy tale, and I honestly couldn’t imagine designing the costumes without the invaluable contribution of Swarovski.” She added, “Their involvement adds the essential elements of glamour and enchantment necessary to bring the characters to life in a magical way.”

Cinderella will be released on March 13, 2015.