Starring the charismatic Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum (an appropriately unstoppable force in real life, he’s the perfect casting), the film tells the story of how the ultimate showman created the world-famous Barnum & Bailey Circus with nothing more than a massive personality, gritty determination, and big dreams—the perfect formula for a Hollywood blockbuster.
Described by director Michael Gracey as “the Steve Jobs or the Jay Z of his time,” Phineas Taylor Barnum was a polymath who ventured into politics, newspapers and the lottery, before striking gold in show business in 1835. Jackman is joined by a stellar cast that includes Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Rebecca Ferguson, whose character is winsome soprano Jenny Lind, “the Swedish Nightingale”—arguably the first-ever singing megastar.
The musical extravaganza is lit with 60,000 dazzling Xirius crystals from Swarovski, so-called because they shine with a brilliance that is reminiscent of Sirius, the brightest star in the galaxy. Emmy Award-winning costume designerEllen Mirojnick was recruited to create the fabulously inventive “pop-steampunk” look (if that sounds impossible, take it from us: it’s simply incredible). Mirojnick’s fantastical costumes are pure romance and fantasy: the Showgirls’ headdresses each shine with 3,400 handset stones; The Bearded Lady (Keala Settle) wears shoes embellished with 3,000 crystals; The Human Cannonball blazes skywards in a fully-crystallized jumpsuit; and Gold Girl (Martha Nichols) is adorned with two opulent Atelier Swarovski by Lanvin necklaces. Meanwhile, pink-haired aerialist Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), Philip’s (Zac Efron) love interest, glitters as she glides through the air in a rose-hued satin leotard hand-embellished with 14,000 crystals; and star attraction, soprano Jenny Lind, shines in a voluminous white silk gown and coat with intricate crystal embroidery.
The whole spectacle has inspired a stunning 10-piece jewelry collection for Atelier Swarovski called Rewrite the Stars. Named after the love song sung by Efron and Zendaya’s characters when they first meet in the Big Top, the collection features mesmerizing necklaces, pendants, cuffs, chandelier earrings, delicate bracelets and rings. A glorious star-shaped design in Siam red crystal in a rose-gold-colored setting is the motif throughout the range, bringing glamour and a subtle sense of movement—just like shooting stars caught mid-flight.
Photography by Niko Tavernis