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Crystals are Shining, Shimmering, Splendid in Aladdin

How many Swarovski crystals does it take to stun your average London West-End theatre audience? An astronomical amount according to a video posted on youtube by the wardrobe department of Disney’s Aladdin in London.

The video reveals that just one pair of trousers, worn by a member of the chorus in the showstopper ‘Friend Like Me’, has a dazzling One-Thousand-Four-Hundred-and-Twenty-Eight Swarovski crystals on them.

Swarovski Crystals
Credit: Youtube/Disney UK

Containing over 350 costumes the show has taken London audiences by storm.

Opening for the first time on Broadway in 2014, the costumes were designed by two-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, with Jack Galloway (Costume supervisor) charged with recreating the costumes for the London run.

Genie dances in Aladdin London
Credit: Youtube/Disney UK

The inspiration for the costumes comes from the spice trade. Characters from across the world visiting the fictional city of Agrabah influenced the costumes in the show, with Gregg taking his inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The show has a whopping One-Hundred-and-Thirty-Six original designs, with One-Thousand-One-Hundred-and-Twenty-Five different fabrics being used to create the costumes and keep the cast looking fabulous.

Wardrobe department on Aladdin
Credit: Youtube/Disney UK

The show has an astonishing One-Hundred-and-Twenty custom-made leather shoes, with the leather sourced from Spain.

The head-pieces that appear in the show are made locally in London with their number topping over One-Hundred-and-Seventy.

Aladdin can be seen at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Find Tickets and more information about the show here.

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