All About Céline Dion's Las Vegas Costumes

Bling! Glamour! And a "lot of leg!" The diva's stylist shares the scoop on her jaw-dropping stage show wardrobe as she returns to her second residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace

01 of 09

REFRESHER COURSE

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To kick off the second leg of her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on June 7 – not to mention her return to showbiz after the October birth of her twins, Nelson and Eddy – Céline was ready to go all-out with her costumes. Of this mint green Elie Saab couture gown, stylist Annie Horth says the dress reflects a departure from the singer’s usual glitz. “It’s different for Céline – there’s something very Old Hollywood about that dress. Soft, very Grace Kelly.”

02 of 09

BLING IT ON

BLING IT ON

That’s not to say her wardrobe has lost its sparkle entirely – this is Las Vegas, after all! Of the show-opening custom Armani Privé gown, which Horth estimates contains about 25,000 crystals, the stylist says “I thought it would be very nice for the opening, like she’s coming back it’s a bit iconic looking. I find sex appeal very important and the V-opening shows off her figure without being too open.”

03 of 09

GO FIGURE

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Was the star nervous to show off her body just a few months after having the twins – especially in gowns with daring slits, like this slinky Balmain? Not at all, Horth says, especially because “her legs did not change or gain any weight” while pregnant: “If there’s one thing she felt good about, for sure we were going to take advantage of that!” Though Horth did credit the couture gowns for helping out a little, as “the structure of the bustier holds your tummy in,” she says Dion did most of the work herself. “We were altering the dresses ‘til the last minute, as she was melting down in the last two weeks before the show, burning extra weight in rehearsals.”

04 of 09

WHITE NIGHT

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“There’s something different and something very pure about the white,” Horth says, noting that this gathered, asymmetrical Versace gown is perfect for showing Dion’s versatility. “She sings a very dramatic French song, and almost every time she cries – and right after that she goes into something else and works the stage, and it reveals [the slit] and the dress looks very modern.”

05 of 09

HEART OF THE OCEAN

HEART OF THE OCEAN

For Dion’s showstopping signature number, “My Heart Will Go On,” the singer’s Versace dress was created specifically to reflect the dazzling waterfall surrounding her onstage. “You have the color, of course, in the water,” Horth says, “And it’s very generous in fabric – there’s 15 meters of chiffon in the dress, so it flows a lot around her and makes a lot of movement. It’s magic.”

06 of 09

GOLD STANDARD

GOLD STANDARD

Dion’s super-sexy Balmain mini may be the shortest piece in the show, but don’t let that fool you – Horth estimates it weighs about 30 lbs. There isn’t much Dion can’t pull off, though: “She wears dresses like no one,” Horth says. “She can go from pretty, soft, elegant, to very sexy. For three-quarters of the show, she’s wearing one long dress after another, but for this segment there’s more sex appeal.”

07 of 09

MOONWALKER

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The show’s other 30-pound piece, this heavily embellished Givenchy jacket, was conceived as a tribute to another musical icon, Michael Jackson. For the diva’s medley of Jackson’s hits, she takes the stage sans dancers in the striking top and “a sleek black look under, leather leggings – the jacket doesn’t need anything else – and a nice pump. Very high!” Horth says Dion adores the jacket, and believes the inspiration would be pleased: “I think Michael Jackson himself would’ve liked that jacket,” she says.

08 of 09

BACKUP PLAN

BACKUP PLAN

Each dress has at least one copy, Horth says; this Armani number has three “because it’s white.” However, for the first 24 shows, the dresses were still one-of-a-kind, which led to some improvisation. “For the first 24 shows, I asked [maintenance] not to clean them, because it was too dangerous if something happened. It sounds crazy but it was better to do it that way,” she said. “Now all the doubles are ready – and each dress is cleaned, like, every five shows.”

09 of 09

RAZZLE DAZZLE 'EM

RAZZLE DAZZLE 'EM

“She loves, loves, loves jewelry,” Horth says of accessorizing the star’s looks, though she admits it adds more of a challenge to Dion’s quick changes between sets (often less than a minute!) “Most artists won’t have jewelry on stage because it adds a few seconds more, but [I think] it’s a nice touch. These dresses call for jewelry.” Even better, the star was able to contribute from her own personal collection. “That’s a luxury that not many artists can do, but the show calls for that!”

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