The designer speaks!
From the first time we saw Shania Twain’s costumes for her Still The One show in Vegas, we were in love. So it's great to hear the man behind them talk about what was going through his mind while designing.
Marc Bouwer has worked with the singer for 15 years, and he knew just the right costumes for her, but added that since it’s Vegas, they had to be glitzed up.
"I didn't want it to be a typical Las Vegas extravaganza because that's not who she is. But obviously this (4,300-seat) arena is huge and it's a Vegas audience and you have to amp it up and we have. We have taken her most iconic looks and taken them to another level. And then there's some new things too which are really fantastic and fun. But they're all very polished and they're not the glitz for the sake of glitz. Each scene tells a specific story. There's definitely a lot of sparkle but it's in a very modern way."
That sounds so faboosh! There’s nothing like iconic clothes for an iconic show!
But he also revealed Hurricane Sandy tried to ruin the garments, so Marc carefully protected them, and even finished them by hand! The designer described the ordeal, saying:
"We didn't get water damage, (our office is on the top floor), but we have three skylights, so we were petrified the stuff would get damaged so we wrapped it all up in plastic and we locked it in a room. And fortunately there was no damage there at all but we were two weeks without power and I was supposed to have done a lot of work then. So it was nightmarish. And we sat in the windows in the sunlight and sewed by hand for almost two weeks. I've never been so stressed out about anything because I knew that they were relying on me for the costumes. There was nobody else on board, it was me for her costumes. But we persevered."
Phew! Thank goodness! And now they’re even more special because they were handmade with love.
All that hard work clearly paid off because Miz Twain looks gorge!
[Image via AP Images.]