Swarovski Crystals Used to Make Cinderella's Slipper in Live Action Movie

Posted on March 7, 2015

Cinderella's slipper from the live-action Disney movie Cinderella

Swarovski crystals were used to make Cinderella's slipper in the upcoming live-action film version of Cinderella. Lily James plays Cinderella in the movie, which arrives in theaters on March 13.

Swarovski says 221 crystal facets were used to make Cinderella's iconic slipper. The slipper has a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating. It took a team of eight 150 hours to make the slipper. Six versions were created before deciding on the final slipper.

Swarovski crystals were also used in the wardrobe. Crystals were used to embellish Cinderella's blue ball gown and the Fairy Godmother's magic wand. These are just a couple examples of how the crystals were used. Swarovski collaborated with Academy Award winning costume designer Sandy Powell on the designs.

Sandy says in a statement, "For me, Swarovski crystals are a key creative ingredient to add sparkle, depth and colour 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."

Sandy says she approached Swarovski after deciding the slipper needed to be made out of crystal. She says the refracted light and shine coming off the shoe is "just amazing." She also says the ball gown "absolutely had to be covered with crystal." Take a look:

Lily James blue gown Cinderella poster

Photos: Disney