For the 22nd year, supermodel Heidi Klum threw a huge Halloween party. For her new costume, which always causes a sensation, she contacted Cirque du Soleil. More than forty Cirque employees worked with her for weeks to design a giant peacock that caught the eye at her big party in New York on Tuesday night.
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At the beginning of September, Heidi Klum approached Cirque with the idea of collaborating on their popular Halloween party. Klum herself had thought about dressing as a peacock and wanted the Quebec company’s expertise to take her idea to another level.
“In the circus, we never go up to the roof. Yes, it has to be beautiful, but we do our homework, I remember.” Newspaper Circus Creative Director, Michel Laprise. We have done research on the symbolism of the peacock.
Very quickly, Michele Laprise told Heidi Klum that she would have to come in person to Cirque’s head office in Montreal to complete the project. “She didn’t hesitate for very long. We have the most beautiful creative studio in the world.”
On October 11, in the utmost secrecy and under tight security, Heidi Klum arrived at the circus and spent several hours conducting installations and meeting with the artists. “She was like a little girl in a candy store,” Michel Laprise says.
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Hours of training
In all, 29 people at the circus worked on the costumes, plus 10 acrobats and five people on the makeup.
Makeup artist Bill Corso (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakening) Create a magical peacock effect. Fashion designer Marie-Chantal Vaillancourt (Ka, Koza) Creative directors Marie-Hélène Delage and Emilie Grenon-Emeroglu worked on the project.
“We spent 2,000 hours on this costume,” says Michel Laprise. There were 20 hours of training for just a few seconds on the red carpet. The costume requires 200 meters of fabric.”
The peacock they imagined required the participation of 10 artists surrounding Heidi Klum. Instead of just posing for photographers, they also created a little choreography. “We wanted to show the birth of the peacock,” says Michel Laprise.
Heidi is very involved
From the first discussions with the circus, Heidi Klum herself was very involved. She paid for everything, says Michel Laprise, without wanting to specify the total budget for the project. “She was on Zoom every time. We held several coordination meetings. […] “She told us she is a big fan of the circus.”
“Last year I was a very simple worm. This year, I wanted to do something more elaborate,” Heidi Klum said in an interview with Getty. “I wanted to have a group costume, where several people were one. I was thinking about what could be I came up with the idea of a peacock and its big wings. […] Then I thought about Cirque du Soleil who I would make this costume with. We worked together on this. […] I always try to come up with something different and new that will surprise people. »
Heidi Klum’s Halloween party was held at the Marquee in New York on Tuesday evening. Guests included Ice T and Taylor Lautner. Heidi Klum’s husband, Tom Kaulitz, also chimed in with the peacock costume idea by dressing in an egg-shaped outfit!
“In New York, they’re used to partying,” Michel Laprise says. The guests’ costumes were very extravagant. It was music from the 80s and 90s, because Heidi is 50 years old. It was really a great party. […] The ten artists who participated as Heidi were dispersed throughout the room during the evening. They were everywhere and allowed this image to continue to live. “Everyone came to talk to them.”
Heidi Klum’s Halloween costume by the numbers
-29 employees have been mobilized in Cirque du Soleil’s costume department
– 5 people worked on the makeup
-10 artists formed a peacock with a German model
-2000 man hours were necessary to ensure the complexity of the costume
– 200 hours were spent creating different textures, colors and patterns for the fabric
– 20 hours of training were used to choreograph the red carpet
– 200 meters of sublimated fabric was used
-The 22nd Halloween party organized by Heidi Klum
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