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Carrie Underwood’s Grammy dress: How did they do that?

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

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Updated: March 13, 2013 6:22AM



Carrie Underwood barely moved when she took the Grammy stage Sunday night. It seemed a little stiff — until her dress became a show of its own.

“There are so many big performances at the Grammys, and sometimes I like to just stand still and perform,” Underwood said backstage. “So [the dress] was the best way to do it, to create a cool environment.”

Over the course of six days, fabrics were shipped from France to Underwood’s stylist team for approval, as well as to a video production company to make sure it was compatible with the projection technology that would be used to make it change patterns every few seconds as she sang “Blown Away.”

The Theia couture platinum ball gown, created by four people in 80 hours, features 10 yards of satin along with 100 yards of tulle and crinoline to support the skirt. The inside corset was hand-embroidered with thousands of Swarovski crystals, and the 4 1/2-foot-wide skirt was designed to seamlessly fuse fashion with projection technology.

Underwood told “Extra” that movement really wasn’t an option: “I was actually barefoot and standing on apple boxes.”

Other talking points from the Sunday ceremony:

† Taylor Swift fans were speculating that she got in a mid-song dig at ex-sweetie Harry Styles of One Direction. During “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” she told a little anecdote — “So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m busy opening up the Grammys” — and gave the caller’s voice a British lilt. Both exes kept quiet about it the day after.

† The TV audience averaged 28.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates, the second-biggest turnout since 1993. But this year’s Grammys couldn’t match the record-high 39.9 million average set last Feb. 12, a day after Whitney Houston’s death.

Gannett News Service



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