Oh my…”what were they thinking?” occasionally applies to dance costumes that I have seen online or in person. Thankfully, not very often. But once in a while, I see something that I can only respond with raised eyebrows and shake of my head. With a fashion design degree and over 40 years of being in the business of dance costume design, I have a perspective of what looks good and what is appropriate for all styles of dance costuming. And of course, what looks really bad, no matter what your personal taste is. (Many costumes are not to my personal taste, but are still beautiful costumes.)Read More
With all the showcase events around town, and with many of our social dancers on a limited budget, how about advice about how to enhance evening wear to “glam” it up for a ballroom showcase performance? Ideas such as putting rhinestones on belts, or adding fur or feathers to sleeve or dress hems come to mind.
‘Tis the season for attending holiday parties and presenting holiday dance performances. And unless you plan on purchasing entirely new outfits for these upcoming, festive events, you can bedazzle and be-deck your current clothing and costumes with holiday cheer and save some cash!
What is a cringe-worthy dance costume? It’s a dance costume that makes the viewer or audience wince and think to themselves “oh my, that doesn’t flatter the dancer” or “ooh, I wouldn’t have worn that” or your eyebrows raise dramatically and you think “really?”
Trends in dance costumes mirror trends in regular clothing. Fashion is meant to change and naturally moves on to new silhouettes, colors, textures and fit. Trends may last a long time, or they may be short lived, but always, an old trend will be replaced with a new trend. Eventually, you will notice the cyclical nature of trends.
Let’s face it – Custom solo dance and ballroom costumes can get expensive. This article specifically targets ballroom dancers, but the information can also apply to other forms of solo dance costuming AND even ideas for dance teams.
When out shopping, even window-shopping at The Mall or perusing your favorite web sites for a new dress or outfit, you may be tempted to purchase an outfit and transform it into something that is danceable. You may see a dress with that ‘Wow’ factor on the clearance rack, and wonder...can I ‘make it work’?
Plus-sizes are making BIG news this year, and finally for the right reason. According to many news sources, the fashion world is increasingly counting on plus-size customers, a group that it has long ignored. Research that has found the average American woman now wears a size 16 or 18, equal to a plus size 20w.
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and, of course, attending costume parties are all necessary components of the incredibly popular holiday we know as Halloween. Stores capitalize on this so much so that now, not only do they sell costumes, but also accessories, decorations and all types of confections and candies. In addition, most entertainment establishments feature Halloween in their party and event plans. For me, the Halloween pandemonium is magnified because I live in the self-professed ‘Halloween Capitol of the World’, Anoka MN.
However, despite our location, (and to the surprise of many) you won’t find us selling Halloween costumes and accessories at Satin Stitches! Even though every year without fail we get panicked last minute calls for green tights or other hard-to-find accessory items (including XXL Elvis costumes).
We are all always looking for a ‘deal’, aren’t we? It’s normal to want both (1) quality and (2) reasonable prices for the goods that we purchase. The dance costume world is no different.
Let’s face it…show choir costumes, like all custom created, or even ‘off the rack’ costumes can be very expensive. Every year, your group fund-raises to foot the bill to put fabulous costumes on your show choir girls and boys. You want your singer/dancers to shine, and nothing but the best will do!Read More