WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS: Marc Bouwer is just back from three weeks of helping Shania Twain put the finishing touches on her new Sin City show. All told, the designer spent six months developing six outfits for the country-music star, who is currently headlining the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Most of the ensembles were inspired by the Bouwer clothes Twain wore in various music videos. The pair first teamed up in 1998, when Bouwer dressed her for the inaugural “VH1 Divas Live.”

In the weeks leading up to the Dec. 1 opening night, Bouwer and his company president, Paul Margolin, spent 12 hours-plus on set with Twain as she rehearsed. “We only saw 30 minutes of sunlight the entire time that we were there. Instead of taking the shortcut through the casino to get to the Colosseum, we would walk outside and go all the way around the building just to get a little fresh air,” Margolin said. “I can’t say it was grueling. They were long days, but we were excited by the energy of being part of something like that.”

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The designer found himself dealing with all sorts of new situations, such as ensuring that the two horses featured in the “Still the One” tour didn’t step on the star’s clothes. The lace catsuit embellished with nude, pink and gunmetal Swarovski crystals and detachable lace chiffon tethers has been a winning look with audiences and online fans alike. Interest has been so strong among ticket buyers that the May and June performances will go on sale Friday. Bouwer no doubt will return to Las Vegas, since Twain, like Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart, has signed up for a two-year residency at the Colosseum.

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