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Swarovski Took Center Stage at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards(R) lastnight!

Internationally acclaimed architect and designer David Rockwell was asked for the second consecutive year to reinvent the set for the Oscar® telecast. Once again, Rockwell worked with Swarovski to bring his sketches to life, creating a custom designed Swarovski crystal curtain and crystal swing that promised to add sparkle to the set of the Kodak Theatre.

Incorporating more than 100,000 Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes and sizes flown in from Austria, the main curtain outlining the stage’s grand arch measured close to 60 feet tall and 100 feet wide and included accents of gold and clear crystal.  Comprised of over 6,000 one-meter hand-crafted crystal strands, and weighing in at an incredible 3 tons, the shimmering Swarovski crystal curtain made a spectacular statement this year.

In addition to the crystal proscenium curtain, Rockwell added more dazzle this year with side curtains flanking the stage and a large crystal swing using over 3,000 crystals.

In addition to the dazzling Oscar set, Swarovski sparkled on the costumes throughout the show, created by costume designer Rita Ryack with over 30,000 Swarovski crystals!

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