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Carrie Underwood's dress became part of the show at Grammys

February 11, 2013|By Susan Denley

Carrie Underwood was in fine voice performing "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs" at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday.

But what really blew us away was her stunning custom couture gown by Theia. The icy platinum gown was gorgeous all on its own, but it became part of the show as changing images of all kinds were projected on it -- stars, roses,  kind of a monarch butterfly pattern and more. It all seemed magical.

Perhaps even more magical was what went into making it. Theia reports that they had less than a week from the time Underwood's stylist called to ask them to design and make the gown until they had to ship it for the final fitting. And this included sourcing fabric from France, getting Underwood's approval and checking in with the video production company to make sure the gown would be compatible with the projection technology. Start to finish, it took six days, according to a company spokeswoman.

And all this while preparing the label's fall-winter 2013 collection.

But back to the dress, and some fun facts from Theia:

--The gown featured more than 10 yards of Duchess satin.

--It included more than 100 yards of tulle and crinoline to support the 4 1/2-foot-wide skirt.

--The corset was hand-embroidered with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

--It took team of four more than 80 hours to make.

--Creative director Don O'Neill was inspired by the spire on the Freedom Tower that's rising in NYC at the site of ground zero when he designed the gown's asymmetrical neckline.

Making a luminous gown seems to have been a fitting endeavor for the 4-year-old evening and bridal wear company. The label is, after all, named for the Greek goddess of light.


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