Julien Macdonald
for ENB

Julien Macdonald scketches



Julien Macdonald has teamed up with Swarovski

and the English National Ballet to design ten

costumes for the Queen’s Coronation Festival.


The English National Ballet  performed Tempus, a specifically

commisioned piece choreographed by George Williamson which

celebrates Her Majesty’s 60-year-long reign. The performance

took place in Backingham Palace. Each costume took 15

embroiderers, three machinists and two pattern-cutters 300

hours to create. The garments are adorned with over 20,000

Swarovski crystals in sapphire, purple velvet, black diamond

and pacific opal. As for his inspiration, Mr Macdonald said that

‘The costumes themselves are inspired by the glamorous interiors

of Kensington palace and the colourful gardens celebrating

the Queen’s Coronation. They are also ever so patriotic, as

they are an explosion of red, blue and gold sparkle”.


‘It’s a dream come true to work with the ENB, I’m a huge fan of

the company and have enjoyed designing bespoke Swarovski

encrusted costumes for them. Working alongside talents such

as Tamara Rojo and George Williamson has been an incredibly

inspiring and memorable experience that I will never forget.’

said the designer about this collaboration. 



Julien Macdonald scketches






source: graziadaily.co.uk