Jennifer Hudson's CFDA Awards Look Took Over 1,000 Hours To Create

Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski.
Sure, custom getups are something we've certainly come to expect on red carpets, especially big-ticket ones like last night's CFDA Awards step-and-repeat. But sometimes the process behind a very special-occasion look is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Take Jennifer Hudson's outfit, which she wore while performing a Prince tribute last night.

The custom KaufmanFranco jumpsuit was a true labor of love. It took over 1,000 hours for the Champagne-hued, off-the-shoulder jumpsuit to get spangled to the hilt with Swarovski crystals — 1,692,000 crystals, to be exact.

Those nearly two million crystals were applied (by hand!) by a team of 13 people. Plus, the jumpsuit's construction and bedazzling was a transcontinental affair that went down in eight different countries (Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the U.K., and the U.S.), according to Swarovski reps.

More than a million crystals (or any material, really) sounds like a lot, but for a true sense of the opulence of the look, let's revisit another very memorable CFDA Awards getup. Remember Rihanna's ultra-sheer, supremely sparkly Adam Selman dress from two years ago? Well, RiRi's butt-baring number had just an eighth as many Swarovski crystals (216K, to be specific) as Hudson's jumpsuit, as People StyleWatch pointed out.

Check out Hudson's glimmering getup in action, below.

Yay!

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