There were many moments at the Oscar’s that were noteworthy last week: Patricia Arquette’s speech about equal pay for women is one that sticks out, Lady Gaga’s mind blowing performance of the Sound of Music is another, but one gem sticks out to me above all others and that’s Lupita Nyong’o’s amazing, one of a kind, incredible pearl-embellished gown by the Calvin Klein design house.
Check out some of the pictures below provided by Vogue which thoughtfully and wonderfully took us behind the scenes in the creation of this stunning gown.
Close up of the dress bodice – look at the luster of those pearls!
Akoya Pearls in various sizes used for Lupita Nyong’o's dress.
Lupita Nyong’o's Pearl Dress Bodice Section – The top portion was laid out flat to create the proper curves. Over 6,000 pearls were used in the final creation!
The Pearl Dress goes onto a dress form to give the bodice its proper shape.
Close up of the shoulder section; throughout the dress I noticed many different sizes of pearls used. Pearl sizes appear to range from "baby-size" 2.0-3.0mm Akoya pearls up through the largest 9.5mm size.
The amount of work that’s gone into this dress is stunning! Check out the half-finished back of the dress…
The tassles on the bottom portion of the skirt also consisted of tiny ‘baby’ Akoya pearls, threaded into 5 piece tassles.
Lupita with stylist Micaela Erlanger and designer Francisco Costa. “Lupita has become a close friend of the house over the last year,” says Costa. “From the onset, I wanted the dress to be graphic, yet warm and luxurious.”
The Full Dress – Voila!!
The gorgeous confection of pearls simply outshines any other embellished dress ever created in my opinion! The Calvin Klein House truly outdid themselves, and while I don’t think I’ve ever thought of Calvin Klein when I thought of avant-garde fashion, from this moment on Lupita’s dress will always come to mind!
Fortune.com estimated the dress’ value to be around $150,000 and I must say that’s not far off the mark! I did the math on my own, having a little fun on Pearl-Guide, and came up with $142,778.00 in retail pearl value!! That doesn’t count designer’s labor or other materials!
It seems such a tragedy that such an amazing dress would be stolen – I can’t even imagine where a thief would go to sell such a one of a kind creation! Certainly selling off the pearls a bit at a time would be a waste of time, effort and value, and the dress itself is notorious enough at this point to go down in history as “The Pearl Dress”! One can only wonder what that person was thinking … :/
What do you think of this dress? The coming to life of a pearly dream, or No way José! Leave a comment!