Our 2019 Dance Costume Collection is here! To celebrate we've rounded up our absolute favorite looks and paired them with some amazing and talented dancers (aka our models)! Get inspired and take a peek below!
Topics: Behind the Design
Inspiration for your next dance costume can come from anywhere: the runway, your Instagram feed, a sneaker, or even something as random as that gorgeous peach that's sitting on your desk!
We know it can feel overwhelming to narrow your focus to create a concept that is unique from your competitors. To help, we've rounded up some of our favorite resources for finding dance costume inspiration.
In our How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost series, we’ll be covering a few things that will affect the price of your dance costume: patterning and set-up fees, fabric choices, the number of costumes being ordered, and embellishments. Today we’ll talk about construction details that add to your custom dance costume costs - the “cut and sew” features of your costume!
Construction details include the base pieces of your costume that need to be cut out of fabric and sewn together, and doesn't include add-on features like rhinestones, appliques, or fabric choices. Generally speaking, the more construction details going into your garment, the more it will cost.
Below we break down 5 common construction details that add cost, along with average price ranges of each. Prices will vary depending on your chosen costume company and your group discount, but below we used pricing from The Line Up, before any discounts are applied.
Our 2018 Dance Costume Collection is here! To celebrate we've rounded up our absolute favorite looks and paired them with some amazing and talented dancers (aka our models)!
To curate this year's collection, we discovered what inspired our customers this past year. For lyrical and contemporary it's romance: soft and feminine nudes, floral patterns and lace, and sheer layers. For jazz and tap it's intensity: playful fringe, plenty of energy, and bold strength. For hip hop it's fierce and theatrical: looks drawing inspiration less from street wear and more from music videos and NBA dancers.
Get inspired and take a peek below!
You've got your choreography, your team is practicing hard, and now it's time to design your dance costume! This may seem like a daunting task, but designing a custom dance costume can really be broken down into 8 simple steps.
If you've been following along our How to Design a Custom Dance Costume series, we've covered everything from prototypes to fabrics. We've compiled all the posts in this series to give you a brief overview of the custom dance costume design process. Check it out below!
In our recent How to Design a Custom Dance Costume series, we've been covering all the steps to ordering a custom costume.
Once your design and prototype is confirmed, it's time to get started making your group order! The next step is sizing and measuring your team before your custom costume goes off to production.
Fit is fashion! Even with the most beautifully designed costume, if your outfit doesn't fit properly, the focus will be on your flaws and not your skills. Here a few tips to ensure your dancers are fitted correctly:
If you've been following along our How To Design A Custom Dance Costume series, we've previously covered finding inspiration, design consultations, and fabric choices. Up next in the process is the prototype!
A prototype, or sample garment, is the best way to ensure your team's final group order turns out how you you'd like.
Your costume company loves prototypes because they need to figure out how to pattern and construct your custom costume. And you'll love the prototype because you can make sure your custom costumes look and feel great before proceeding with the full order!
We answer some common questions about dance costume prototypes below:
One of the most important aspects of a performance is how you feel in your dance costume. The more comfortable and confident you feel, the better you will perform! A costume that is flattering on the entire team is one way to make sure your dancers look and feel 100%, and elevate your performance. Here are some tips for designing dance costumes that will look good on the entire team!
You have your dance costume concept selected and illustrated- Now it's time to choose fabrics!
Regardless of the look you are trying to achieve, the best fabrics for dance costumes incorporate spandex. This ensures that your form fitting garment can MOVE with you when you dance. The fabric you choose depends a lot on your costume concept - do you want something edgy and futuristic (think hologram accents!), or lightweight and elegant (think sheer mesh!).
Below, we break down our go-to fabric options that most costume companies have available. There are plenty of novelty and specialty fabrics out there that make amazing costumes - but here are a few of the tried and true basic favorites that will work for any dance costume!