Crystal Lobster Gown Featured at
Miss America Parade in Atlantic City


The annual “Show Us Your Shoes” parade features all of the 2013 Miss America contestants riding a 2 mile route while sporting innovative state-inspired outfits with matching shoes.


Sondra Celli was asked to create an original ensemble for the newly crowned Miss Maine, Kristin Korda, a 21-year old native of Saco.  Korda contacted the designer because she was familiar with her sparkling and innovative creations featured on the hit series, “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding”.  Korda explained, “I knew Sondra would create a Maine-inspired costume that would exceed my expectations.  After all, here motto is, ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling!’ and that was evident everywhere in her shop.  She had the most dazzling designs I’d ever seen.”


Sondra Celli’s signature “bling” style will take your breath away.  In honor of Maine’s “Homarus Americanus” (American Lobster) Sondra Celli designed an exquisite ensemble that must be seen to be believed.  A cold-water crustacean never looked so good!


Celli’s design consists of a lobster red fitted dress with detachable floor length skirt.  The skirt features crystal organza ruffles resembling ocean waves that cascade down the back.  An unexpected feature of the design is the lobster tail train created with bone and wire that bends and folds like Maine’s most notable edible.


A sparkling collection of starfish, seashells, seaweed and lobsters, all covered with genuine Swarovski crystals, cross up and over one shoulder of the design.  More sparkling sea life accents can be found at the hip, hem, and down the back of the skirt to the train.


In addition, Miss Maine will wear a matching custom fascinator in her hair that combines golden fish netting and more crystal crustaceans.  But it is the pair of crystal heels Kristin will be wearing that will truly take your breath away –  like a jump into the cold ocean waters of Maine.  Fifteen thousand Swarovski stones in colors like Fire Opal, Light Siam, Padparadscha, Aquamarine and White Opal were used to create a stunning 3-dimensional shoe seascape.  Multi-colored crystals artistically hand-placed, one by one, blend to form images of sand and sea and even a lighthouse on each heel.  One look at these exquisite shoes and you can appreciate the more than 50 hours it took to create them. “I absolutely love my shoes!” exclaimed Kristin, “Everyone has to see these shoes.  They are beyond extraordinary.”


Sondra Celli’s opulent custom design ensemble for Miss Maine contains more than 50 thousand shimmering Swarovski crystals.  So, if you are planning to attend the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on September 14, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, we strongly suggest you wear shades!

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  1. Posted by Tara, at Reply

    Truly amazing dress and dressmaker. You are incredible. I’m not gypsy…I think. My grandfather was Irish from that area. Anyway, I love this style and would consider wearing these dresses myself. Wonderful work.

    Tara Hauki

    • Posted by admin, at Reply

      Tara, Thanks for being a fan! You’ll see more of my designs when season 3 of MBFAGW premieres April 3, 2014 @ 9/8c on TLC!

  2. Posted by Tina, at Reply

    Can you please contact me. I need to know what glue you suggest using to bling a plastic/acrylic wine glass?

  3. Posted by Christine, at Reply

    I absolutely love watch MBFGW and seeing the dresses you uniquely design for each and every bride to be. I am getting married as well and would love to know if you have a shoe line on line that I could view.
    I am anxiously waiting for next weeks episode. I can’t tell you how much I love your dresses, and wish I could have one for my wedding.
    Keep up the bling!
    Christine Stumpf
    Sudbury On, Canada