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Charlize Theron’s costume made from dung beetle shells

ANI  London, June 03, 2012
First Published: 14:46 IST(3/6/2012) | Last Updated: 18:11 IST(3/6/2012)

Charlize Theron, who plays Queen Ravena in her new film Snow White And The Huntsman, wore a dress made from the shells of dung beetles that were purchased from a flea market in Thailand.

Colleen Atwood, a three-time Oscar-winning American costume designer, used the shells to create the dress’s shiny exterior, which shimmered turquoise in scattered sections from neck to toe, the Daily Mail reported. The shells had caught Atwood’s eye as she was searching for unique materials to create the film’s costumes.

Although it is only seen in the film, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, for mere seconds, the gown is just as spectacular as any of the other dresses the Queen is seen in. The dress features jagged shoulders and is stitched from gold and turquoise chiffon.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, film’s director, Rupert Sanders had requested for a ‘progressively rotting’ look for the brief scene. He had asked that the gown should look “decaying” and that it should “telegraph the character’s physical and psychic decay as well as her spiraling descent into madness.”

In order to create the gown, the designer had to source “a large quantity”of the shells. As the beetles are farmed in Thailand, she was able to obtain the required amount.

But piecing the gown together was no easy task. The shells are “razor sharp” and she said they were “treacherous” to handle. Her sewers had to drill holds in each of the shells in order to attach them to the gown and some even had to wear gloves in order to protect her fingers.

Atwood won Academy Awards for past work in the films Chicago, Memoirs Of A Geisha and Tim Burton’s remake of Alice In Wonderland.

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