BAFTA-nominated costume designer Julian Day has collaborated with Swarovski to bring Elton John’s extravagant style to life on the big screen.
While Chopard is the film’s exclusive jeweller, over one million Swarovski crystals have been used in the costume designs for Rocketman.
As the official crystal partner for the upcoming biopic, Swarovski’s design team worked closely with Julian Day to create more than 750 bespoke crystal transfers to accent the star’s outfits, including 91 personalised ‘Elton John’ patches.
Day designed a red jumpsuit with an ‘Elton John’ patch emblazoned across the back for Elton’s 1970 performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles – a pivotal moment when he transforms into the global sensation he is known as today.
Four key crystallized costumes form part of Elton John’s flamboyant wardrobe in Rocketman:
- The ‘Dodgers’ costume – a fully-crystallized baseball kit – is a reimagining of the costume worn by Elton John to perform at his legendary Dodger Stadium concerts in Los Angeles in 1975. The shimmering design worn in the film by Taron Egerton was created using 140,000 Swarovski crystals to be even more dazzling than the original.
- The dramatic ‘Devil’ costume was designed for a moment when Elton John feels unloved, so Day surrounds him with love in the form of a fiery-red jumpsuit with heart-shaped wings. The costume blazes with bespoke crystal flames, a headdress and sunglasses all glowing with over 60,000 hand-embellished Swarovski crystals.
- The ‘Yellow Brick Road’ costume brings to life the star’s much-loved album, with design details to represent characters from The Wizard of Oz. The blue suit with crystal red lapels and the iconic ruby crystal slippers symbolize Dorothy, and the fur coat, silver shirt and straw hat characterize each of her companions: the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow.
- Lastly, the extravagant ‘Elizabeth’ costume is worn during a wild stage performance. Bursting with crystal and Swarovski Crystal Pearl embellishment it plays on Elton John’s penchant for theatrics as well as his reputation as rock royalty.
Swarovski crystals were also used to adorn numerous glasses – a signature Elton John accessory – as well as shoes and accessories foor added rock-star glam.
Julian Day comments: “I’ve used Swarovski crystals on numerous films and they are very much part of the idea of showmanship. What they do is elevate and exaggerate an outfit – let’s say my designs are 110%, Swarovski crystals make them 150%. Wherever we could find a place for a crystal in this film, we put it there – Swarovski and Rocketman is a perfect partnership.”
“We were thrilled to collaborate once again with Julian Day on the stunning costumes for Rocketman. Embellished with over one million glittering Swarovski crystals, Julian’s inspired redesigns of Elton’s most famous outfits perfectly capture the magic, energy and impact of one of the world’s true musical icons,” adds Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board.
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