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Carrie Underwood's Glowing Grammys Dress: All the Scoop

02/11/2013 at 12:25 AM ET

Carrie Underwood Light-Up Grammy Gown Kevork Djansezian/Getty; John Shearer/Invision/AP (2)

We can’t say we were surprised to see that Carrie Underwood had ditched her form-fitting Roberto Cavalli number for a princess-y silver gown to perform her song “Blown Away” at the Grammys Sunday night. When glowing paisley details began to unscroll across her full skirt, however? We definitely didn’t see that coming.

“We wanted it to be artful and dramatic,” Underwood told reporters backstage. “I just like to stand still and sing sometimes, so this seemed like the best way I could do that and still create something visually attention-capturing.” On the technology behind it, she was a little more tight-lipped, saying “I guess I probably shouldn’t tell my secret, should I?” — but luckily, we’ve already got the inside info.

To perform the song that won her best solo country performance, the superstar donned a custom Theia gown designed specifically for the vivid light show. The line’s creative director Don O’Neill sourced fabric for the 4 feet 5 inches-wide skirt that had to be approved by both Underwood’s stylist, Trish Townsend, as well as the video team creating the special effects.

With only three days to create the gown, O’Neill’s team worked around the clock, stitching together 10 yards of Duchesse satin, 100 yards of tulle and crinoline and thousands of Swarovski crystals onto the bodice. Meanwhile, the production team created the effects that were projected onto her gown, including sparkling stars, rose petals and butterflies.

And was all that work worth it? Judging by your overwhelmingly positive reactions on Twitter, absolutely. And O’Neill was thrilled with the result too, especially because he took the line’s name from the Greek goddess of light. “There couldn’t be a more perfect opportunity to fuse light in a literal sense with one of my gowns,” he says in a statement, “and have it showcased on a national stage by Carrie Underwood, the first celebrity to wear a Theia dress four years ago when we launched.”

Tell us: What did you think of Underwood’s high-tech couture?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Melody Chiu


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KM on

When the pattern first began, it looked like ovaries.

Mary on

The song was “Two Black Cadillacs” NOT “Blown Away”!!!

guest on

what a waste of money, fabric and manpower. pathetic.

Guest on

Huge waste. Can’t stand the woman.

holly on

We all know that fashion comes with the talent at these ceremonies. Regardless of peoples thoughts on the dress, it was a first so now it’s a part of history. I expect it will be donated to a museum, maybe launching a high tech fashion exhibit.

Nan on

Even wearing that dress, her voice outshone it – what an amazing performance.

Aubrie on

Tacky, tacky, tacky,

Pinkdaisy on

Seemed kind of “circus like” to me. Just wear a great gown and sing with the talent you are known for. This was just tacky.

Misty on

Gorgeous dress, with or without the projections.

Lily on

I like Carrie Underwood, I love her songs about God, but I hate that there is a lot of yelling in her songs, its annoying! Kind of like Mariah and all her high notes they get tiresome after a while.

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