Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has returned to slay on the Cannes red carpet. After transforming into a real-life Cinderella at last year’s festival, the Bollywood superstar reprised her stellar black-tie wardrobe with another couture gown by designer Michael Cinco.
“The gown was created to reflect the impalpable dream of a butterfly metamorphosis,” Cinco tells BAZAAR.com of the exquisite creation.
The Dubai-based designer did not skimp on the details for this dress: it’s completely covered in Swarovski crystals and French palettes; it consists of ultra-violet, midnight blue, and red thread works; and it boasts a 20-foot train that mimics “a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.” Plus, its body-hugging silhouette and sweetheart neckline compliment Aishwarya ‘s figure perfectly.
The elaborate number took 3,000 hours to make, Cinco reveals. (That converts to 125 days if the dress-makers worked non-stop.)
Cinco initially created the crystal-covered gown for a Swarovski exhibition, but the actress helped make the look her own.
“We worked closely with Aishwarya and her team in creating the perfect fit and making minor alterations to best suit her,” the designer adds.
Daughter Aaradhya appeared hand-in-hand with her mother Aishwarya as she was getting ready to make her red carpet appearance. Earlier in the day, the Fanne Khan actor chose to begin her Cannes sojourn with a pretty powder blue and pink sequinned dress.