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2016 Rio Olympics: Gisele Bundchen Returns to the Runway -- All About Her Glittering Gown!

by Jennifer Drysdale 7:20 PM PDT, August 05, 2016
Playing 2016 Rio Olympics: Gisele Bundchen Returns to the Runway -- All About Her Glittering Gown!

A year of retirement just couldn’t keep Gisele Bundchen away from the 2016 Rio Olympics!

The 36-year-old model returned to the runway for Rio’s Opening Ceremony, wowing the world as she walked the longest runway of her life in a stunning sequin gown.

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Gisele definitely won gold as she strutted through Rio’s Maracana Stadium to the iconic song “Girl From Ipanema,” in her soon-to-be iconic Alexandre Herchcovitch gown.

And the designer behind it, all, hand-picked by Gisele herself, opened up to Vogue on the process of creating Bundchen’s comeback look.

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“It’s a long dress, with a long train, pierced at the front, with pleats at the waist,” he described the gown to the magazine. “It has long sleeves, a deep V-neck, and a thigh-high slit, leaving the legs fully exposed. The fabric is a mesh, covered with bright golden sequins, double-sided, embroidered horizontally.”

The Brazilian designer, who spent four-months working with Bundchen to craft the dress, admits he still isn’t sure why he was chosen. “I don’t know!,” he confessed. “I suppose she wanted to wear a Brazilian designer, I didn’t really ask her why.”

Nonetheless, “It was such a special reunion,” he said of working with the supermodel again after the late 90s and early 2000s. “It was an indescribable and special experience -- the whole process, the meetings, and the final presentation.”

“She gave important opinions, and we thought about the parts together. She made some important changes,” Herchcovitch said, adding that Gisele knows what looks good on her, and was very present throughout the whole process.

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“We talked a lot about how we wanted it to be,” he revealed. “The fabric has been specially developed for the occasion with some peculiarities, such as the fluidity in which the sequined embroidery would flow horizontally around her body. I didn’t want a conventional gold, but a color that was very similar to her hair tone and skin, a golden light."

As for his final thoughts on Bundchen’s catwalk comeback? “It was an epic moment.”

And Twitter couldn’t agree more.

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