If You Haven't Seen Burlesque, Here's a Tip: The Swarovski-Studded Costumes are the Best Thing About The Film (Other Than Cher, of Course)
LONDON--The Empire in Leicester Square played host last night to the UK premiere of Burlesque, a so-so sparkle-n-sequins musical starring Cher and Christina Aguilera and an army of gorgeous Swarovski-dripping bustiers designed by Michael Kaplan. The BAFTA award winning costume designer is to thank for trend-spawning films like Flashdance, Blade Runner, Pearl Harbor and the Versace and Marc Jacobs-influencing Fight Club...the man's got range. The sparkly, indoor-use-only outfits, aside from Christina's undeniable set of pipes, were the glue-gun that kept the film together. The true stunners included: six variations of delicate hand-linked gold chains with tiny Swarovskis whipping around in the finale; Christina's high collared string of pearls "dress" that whipped right off her in one number; black velvet bodysuits with 1930s-inspired sequined hands over the bum and boobs. The costumes, like the score, drew inspiration from every era from the '20s to the '80s and will undoubtedly boost sales at Agent Provocateur. We also wouldn't be surprised if some girls abandon the acrobatics of pole-dancing lessons for the glam athleticism of burlesque.