When the Miss America contestants take to the streets this year for the Boardwalk Parade in Atlantic City on September 14, they will dazzle in state-inspired outfits and matching shoes. Miss Maine, Kristin Korda, 21, of Saco will wear a one-of-a-kind ensemble from renowned crystal couture designer, Sondra Celli (TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding!” and uniform designer for this year’s New England Patriots Cheerleaders).
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.”
In honor of Maine’s “Homarus Americanus” (American Lobster) 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.
In addition, Miss Maine will wear a matching custom fascinator in her hair that combines golden fish netting and more crystal crustaceans. The crystal encrusted heels contain fifteen thousand Swarovski stones to create a stunning 3-dimensional shoe seascape. 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.”