Broadway superstar and stunning vocal talent Idina Menzel was surrounded by over one hundred thousand shining Swarovski crystals during her live performance at the Oscars night.

Broadway superstar and stunning vocal talent Idina Menzel was surrounded by over one hundred thousand shining Swarovski crystals during her live performance at the Oscars night.

“Let It Go”, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, is the hit song from the animated movie “Frozen”, in which snow and ice play a vital part. To re-create the crystalline charm of snowflakes and ice, an elaborate and dazzling visual display was set by Award-winning production designer Derek McLane.

It took thousands of hours to realise his vision, which comprised one grand curtain surrounded by three glorious swags, which together weighed more than 1,800 pounds.

The design process began months before the Oscar nominations were announced, when McLane set about creating unique decorative set pieces. He chose to reinstate the 80 foot wide by 40 foot high crystal curtain he designed as the backdrop to last year’s unforgettable performance by Adele of her Oscar-winning song Skyfall.

His finishing touch was the six dazzlingly glamorous crystal “swag drapes”, created especially for this year’s ceremony by Swarovski technicians.

Derek McLane commented: “Working with Swarovski for the second year running was very exciting. As soon as Frozen was nominated, I watched the movie and saw the ice palace in the film. I knew immediately that this was the place to incorporate Swarovski crystal- especially the grand crystal swag drapes.

The crystals act like prisms and refract light in such a way that they add an extra level of magic to the performance.”

Enjoy the magic of Swarovski’s magnificent creation in the video below, or see how the stage was created here.