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Rocketman: 1M Swarovski crystals light up the new musical fantasy film based on the life of Sir Elton John

A dream project for any costume designer, Rocketman starring Taron Egerton is as remarkable for the 64 flamboyant looks created for the character of Elton John as it is for musical brilliance. Julian Day, the talent behind Bohemian Rhapsody, had the job of interpreting Elton John’s unique style for the big screen. To do the ROCKETMAN justice he knew that he would have to fire up the sparkle to unprecedented levels – that meant an astonishing one million Swarovski crystals.

Swarovski crystals used to recreate the young Elton John look in Rocketman

Unprecedented access

Day recreated the iconic 70s stage-wear created for Elton John by Bob Mackie with Swarovski crystals replacing sequins in order to amp up the dazzle. Day let his imagination run wild when interpreting the character’s look and extravagant new creations were then added to complete the small-town-boy-turns-superstar story.

Photo Credit: David Appleby. © 2018 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Swarovski crystals used for the Elton John‘s Dodgers costume in Rocketman

Iconic moments

Wardrobe highlights are: Elton John’s iconic Dodgers costume reimagined as a fully crystallized baseball kit, the entire outfit shimmering with 140,000 crystals. The cap alone is covered with a whole 10m roll of Cupchains. It also displays a custom Dodgers Transfer in Capri Blue, one of 750 bespoke crystal patches made for the movie. Other Crystal Transfers include a rocket, cherries, lipstick and oversize glasses. Indeed, highly stylized and embellished eyewear is a key visual signature, hence the 40 pairs of glittering glasses worn by Egerton during the movie.

Photo Credit: David Appleby. © 2018 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Swarovski crystals used for the Elton John‘s Devil costume in Rocketman

Vibrant designs

An original Day design, the Devil costume, is one of the most eye-catching. It gets its fiery intensity from bespoke crystal flame motifs and a palette that blazes with Light Siam, Indian Siam, Fireopal and Jet. While the Yellow Brick Road outfit is notable for its fabulous ruby-crystallized boots. (They make a striking version of Dorothy’s iconic shoes, whose ruby sparkle also came courtesy of Swarovski.) Finally, the Elizabeth costume plays on Elton’s penchant for theatrics with a sensational rainbow of crystals and Crystal Cream Pearls.


Known to appreciate Swarovski crystals for how they elevate an outfit and create a sense of showmanship, the BAFTA-nominated Day has used them in a number of films. His unique vision is clear in the extraordinary series of standout costumes created for ROCKETMAN.

Coming soon in cinemas.