Crystals, the shopping and dining complex at CityCenter, is an enjoyable destination for visitors even if you don’t plan on opening your wallet. Home to high-end shops including the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America, Crystals also features innovative architecture and various art and other displays, providing plenty of eye-catching elements for visitors apart from window shopping. Most importantly, the 500,000-square-foot complex is indoors. It’s cool, contemporary, visually stimulating and a welcome refuge from the blazing hot summer sun in Vegas.
Now through Aug. 3 Crystals is also home to a Roberto Cavalli display featuring gowns worn by celebrities during the past 12 years. Highlights from the display include the fuchsia and feather mini-dress worn by Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, a black and gold beaded mini-dress worn by Shakira at the 2010 Univision Premios Juventud Awards in Miami and a gold beaded mini dress with beaded fringe that Britney Spears wore at the 2004 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes.
Anyone who reads about celebrity gossip will recognize the gowns from seeing them in magazines or online. A sign that includes a picture of the celebrity wearing the dress is featured next to each mannequin. It’s fun to get an up-close look at the dresses and see how much each celebrity’s fashion has evolved over time.
One example of this is a mannequin wearing the beaded mini-dress that Rihanna wore at the MTV European Music Awards in Copenhagen in 2006. The picture shows Rihanna with her hair highlighted and styled in loose, flirty curls. The short, sparkling dress and hairstyle is conservative in comparison to what the pop diva sports on the red carpet today.
The display is located on the second floor near the entrance between Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse and Todd English P.U.B. The 16 dressed mannequins are situated on a red carpet set against a replicated photographer’s pit backdrop. Complete with flashing lights and sound effects representing the non-stop clicking of cameras taking pictures, the backdrop simulates what a celebrity experiences while walking the red carpet.
You may never get a chance to see a real celebrity on the red carpet, but if you love fashion, this is a one way to get a first-hand glimpse of what they wore.