Oh Wow! It Took 20 Persons 7 Days To Make Rihanna’s See-Through CFDA Outfit


is just over the top.

While the world is still widely criticizing Rihanna’s sheer crystal embellished dress worn for the just concluded 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, some persons are applauding the effort that went into creating this design.

According to the designer, Adam Selman, the outfit was truly a work of art( does that sound familiar?) and he cried when he finally saw how stunning it was. He revealed, they used more than 200,000 crystals and it took 20 people more than seven days to apply them all.

Read excerpts of the interview with elle magazine below:


How did the dress come to be?

From a fashion perspective, this was a big one for all of us. Before we had even discussed the design, I talked to [Rihanna’s stylist] Mel Ottenberg and told him how much I wanted to make something for the CFDA event. It meant a lot to me. We were in L.A. with Rihanna for the MTV Movie Awards about a month ago and we all started discussing the CFDA look. We agreed on the idea of a crystal dress. It happened super organically. Next thing you know, I had sketched the designs, made some samples. Rihanna tweaked a few bits, and we were off to the races!

Did Rihanna ask specifically certain things?

She was very exact with what she wanted. She always is. We dyed the mesh to be her exact skin tone. She also asked me to mix plain crystals in with the colorful ones, and in person it made such an amazing difference. It added a depth I wasn’t expecting. Her instincts on these decisions

Let’s do some numbers: How many crystals? How long did it take to make? How much did it weigh?

It was a lot. We had to keep going back for more. The final count ended up being over 230,000 crystals. Rihanna, Mel, and I have always wanted to do a chainmail dress, but we wanted to do it in a fresh way. I took fishnet fabric and the crystals were all hand applied by my amazing team. We started [applying them] on Memorial Day. It took so much longer than expected. We had people crystaling ’round the clock until 3pm the day of the event. It took 20 people to get it done. A lot of them didn’t sleep! It was an amazing accomplishment and team effort. The effect was surprisingly lightweight and liquid.

What underwear is she wearing?

Ummmmm….. I wish I had made enough time to make the panty, too. Next time.

What was your first thought when you saw it on?

Mel did a fitting. I was in Colorado at my sister’s wedding (which made the situation even crazier) When I saw it, I cried. Real tears! They sent me a video of her wearing it, and she was just beaming. I usually don’t get outwardly emotional about these things, but this one really struck a chord.

We miss Rihanna a lot on Instagram. This was her first big moment out that we were able to see her in all her glory. Did that put any added pressure?

Not at all. That never came up. It was just important to make this moment major and have the fashion world take notice.  And come on! Lighten up people. She looked incredible in every curve of her glory.

What is one thing about this dress that other people wouldn’t know?

People keep referring to it as Josephine Baker, Gatsby, and Marilyn Monroe. But let’s not forget about Whitney! And the legendary Bob Mackie! People should always be talking about Bob Mackie. He’s one of my idols.

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  1. Anonymous June 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    This is the end time

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