EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Julianne Hough to Hit the Red Dress Runway in Custom Swarovski

02/07/2011 at 05:30 PM ET

Julianne Hough to Model Swarovski During Fashion Week Jamie McCarthy/WireImage

What takes 150 hours to make, has 10,000 crystals, weighs two lbs. and will be worn by one of Hollywood’s bubbliest blondes? No, it’s not a riddle –- it’s the custom Swarovski red dress and heart-themed necklace that Julianne Hough will be modeling in Wednesday’s Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. While Hough told PEOPLE at her recent fitting at the N.Y.C. Swarovski showroom that her necklace “feels light on”, she does admit to just the slightest bit of jitters at walking in the star-studded show (fellow models include Audrina Patridge and Giuliana Rancic). “This is my first time walking a catwalk in a runway show. I’m a little nervous but I think I can do it.” Hough jokes that it’s different than her years on Dancing with the Stars because “you have to walk. As long as I’m jumping around, moving my hips, I’m good, but walking in a straight line might be a little difficult.” At least she loves what she’s wearing on the catwalk, calling the shimmering Swarovski crystal necklace and matching satin gown designed by Swarovski Creative Director Nathalie Colin “pretty unbelievable.” But it was the cause behind Red Dress Heart Truth (hearth health for women) and the partnership with Swarovski that drew the Footloose star in. Besides, Hough laughs, “It makes sense. They’re really glitzy and glam-y, and so am I.” Shop for pieces from Swarovski’s Heart Truth collection, inspired by Julianne’s couture piece, on swarovski.com! –Melissa Liebling-Goldberg


Julianne Hough to Model Swarovski During Fashion Week Courtesy Swarovski

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Sorry on

Looks tacky

Renena on

I have to agree.

Kim Frake on

Looks beautiful…Gorgeous dress. Does not look tacky..Get a life would ya…

Mihad on

She looks fantastic.

Elle on

the sketch looks better . . yuck

Daina on

I think it’s a beautiful dress but I would love it better on somebody else. It’s too much dress for Julianne

mary on

The sketch does look better but the dress is very pretty. The diamond crystals would have been better.

Sunny on

Would look better on someone with a womans body.

Gem on

Regardless of who is wearing it, the sketch did not transfer well when it was sent to the dress-maker.
The sketch is 100% better.

MVA on

I just love Swarovski and this is beautiful, but the necklace wears her and not the other way around. It’s too much for her petite figure. I do like the red gown though.

nikkypie on

she has an amazing body and I think this dress takes away from it

Lorraine on

Stunning. Beautiful. Classy.

Julianne Hough wears this dress and the crystal emsemble very well. Magnifique, Ms. Hough. Magnifique!

Elizabeth on

Pretty dress. Pretty woman. Not too good together though.

Kelly on

She looks pretty, but I agree the dress is way to much for her petite frame. This would have looked better on someone with a longer torso.

Lynn on

Julianne is gorgeous and so is the dress. Wonderful picture.

Magie on

She’s too short, it does not hang right on her, needs someone tall like NIcole KIdman

angela on

If the dress and the necklace had been made to match the sketch so that the necklace wasnt so long that it drapes past the neck it would help but the neckline of the dress is also wrong. Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron, or Kate Blanchete have the right upper body to carry this off. This is an elegant piece something this starlet isn’t – cute not elegant.

ARose on

Hey People? What exactly is “hearth health?”
Should I read something sexist into it – such as women should tend to their hearths?
Don’t you have any proof-readers on staff?

Lorna on

The sketch is great the finished product is just tacky!!

Hmm on

Don’t know which way to go on this….the dress is plain enough to complement the large necklace but something is not quite right….with either the 2 pieces as they relate to each other, or the 2 pieces as they relate to Julianne. The gown is too simple, or she is too short, or the necklace is too big. Something. Overall, it’s a pretty ensemble but I think it would work better on someone taller or more glamorous…or something. Did any of that even make sense??? lol

Hmm on

@ARose – People.com is notorious for its bad writing/writers and poor editing.

The Revolving Diet on

The dress is beautiful – the necklace should have been toned down. There is too much going on with the pleating along the side – you don’t know where to look. SOmetimes less is more – especially if you have an attractive girl modeling it you do not need to overdo it.

JoAnn on

Just more opulence and rich people. How many people could the cost of this “necklace” help?
I like her, just against the throwing away of money on “fashion”

Nancy on

Love your beautiful skin without spray tan! The dress design is beautiful and elegant.

Lynn on

JoAnn-for christ sakes-do YOU spend money on yourself or should every penny you have be donated to charity? Good lord-not everything has to be donated or given to charity.I am sick and tired of hearing everytime something happens or is bought or extravagent people say ‘oh it should have been spent on something else.’

Lori on


clair bloom on

The dress is made for a taller person like Nicole Kidman. Julianne is a cute girl, but this is the wrong dress for her.

Darian on

Looks tacky.

Dot on

Love Julianne, love Swarovski..not so much the dress. It does seem to be too much for her petite body.

Kim on

JoAnn, did you even read the article?? She didn’t throw away any money. The dress was designed for a fashion show for the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection. A lot of people will pay a lot of money to attend this show and that money will go to help the fight against women’s heart problems. God people are critical.

manutd on


moondancer on

Not loving the dress, but she is gorgeous – as always.

Debbie on

Julianne looks AMAZING! I love the dress. I’m not all that crazy about the necklace part but still think it’s pretty. Not something I’d wear.

Also, there is a vast difference in proportions of a human woman and that of a fashion sketch. Google it. The sketch is a SKETCH, not a human. It is made to look slimmer, taller, more angular than a human to make the dress sketch look more flattering. It obviously WORKS as it tricked your eyes!

Cristina on

the sketch looks much better

Sandy on

It’s a wonderful dress but i think it would look good on somebody else. It’s kinda too much for her.

Susan Lewis on

It’s pretty. It would have flattered her more if it was blue.

mg on

With some heels and her hair up instead of down, she could pull this off!

Tawnya on

Pretty dress but needs a few more curves beneath it.The dress is wearing her.

jes on

Love the dress and love it on Julianne, the necklace is pretty, but a little to large. It’s for a good cause so as I pay my monthly cardiologist bill I applaude them

cristarain on

1. She’s too short for that dress
2. The fabric is too stiff….. the sketch flows better, like silk instead of taffeta.

Jon on

I like The PHOTOS, very nice! Julianne Moore looks great on The March issue of InStyle Magazine, and it’s nice that she feels her most Sexy when she’s not around her Children! I’m so thrilled to hear that Simon Cowell will be a Judge on The X-Factor, good luck!

Bondy on

Swarovski could have done so much better with such a beautiful model! Disappointing show.

Ashley on

Would LOVE to see this on Sofia Vargara or Catherine Zeta Jones!

Donna Drozd on

Julianne is a WOMEN and very BEAUTIFUL…Some people just don’t know BEAUTIFUL…The dress looks BEAUTIFUL and is PERFECT on her…some people must be jealous…If someone don’t have something nice to say should keep it to their self..Go Julianne!!!!you know what looks good..what ever you wear looks BEAUTIFUL on you..Ryan is a LUCKY and HAPPY man I know..

Peggy Hill on

Oh you people are just jealous that you don’t have the body to wear this. Julianne is beautiful in anything and there is absolutely nothing wrong with her body. The dress is okay and the necklace not so much but maybe it looks better in person when the sparkle is added. I just can’t imagine Nicole Kidman in this dress. She’s washed out enough as it is and this would make her look like a ghost for sure. I love Julianne and she would look good in a potato sack. Why do you feel the need to bash everyone on these comment pages? Why don’t you all aim for a kinder, gentler world? It would be a much nicer place.

Leslie on

The dress is pretty, but I would be embarrassed to lug that thing around my neck!

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sam on

I like the sketch but not when they made it, there is just something off about the dress and the necklace they don’t compliment each other on the body the way they do in the sketch. In the sketch it looks fun and light to wear but when you see it on it just looks odd, heavy and uncomfortable.

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