Carrie Underwood is giving us plenty to celebrate this holiday season.
Earlier this month, the Grammy winner, 37, performed beloved classics and original songs from her first-ever Christmas album My Gift during her highly-anticipated HBO Max Christmas special (streaming now) that premiered on Dec. 3.
Entitled My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood, the program also featured special guest John Legend, a cameo from her 5-year-old son Isaiah and seven (yes, seven!) shimmery holiday looks. Underwood tells PEOPLE exclusively that she and her stylists, Marina Toybina and Courtney Webster, wanted the wardrobe to feel “timeless and elegant.”
“We really wanted this special and my album to be something that people would return to year after year and not feel dated,” the country queen says of the inspiration behind her back-to-back ball gown moments.
And while she loved all seven looks, Underwood admits her favorite was the gown she and her team refer to as “the angel dress” — a plunging Nicole + Felicia Couture tulle design that featured statement shoulders and a thin jewel-encrusted belt. “It was perfect for where we had it in the show, and I did feel like an angel in it!” the Cry Pretty singer says.
Underwood also donned gowns from Diana Couture, WONÁ Concept and Elie Madi, and throughout the special, she made sure the fashion accurately reflected the music.
“The short dress with the fringe was an absolute must for the show opening, ‘Favorite Time of Year.’ It was so fun and playful, just like the song,” the Storyteller artist explains. “We gave a lot of thought to the overall look of the special and how the gowns and sets really showcased the music.”
When asked about collaborating with Toybina and Webster on the Christmas special, the star says, “They always bring the glitz and the glamour…and then add a little more!”
Underwood continues, that after years of working together for red carpet events and award shows, she knew she could trust the styling duo with a project as special as this one. “They have great taste and they know what I like and can bring what I have in mind to life,” she says.
Below, Toybina and Webster open up about the inspiration behind each look, capturing Underwood’s vision and putting an entire wardrobe together amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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