This site is dedicated to the art, science, and technique of designing and making Middle Eastern belly dance costumes. My name is Dawn Devine aka Davina and I am the author of several books on designing and making belly dance costumes including, Embellished Bras, Costuming from the Hip, From Turban to Toe Ring and Bedlah, Baubles and Beads. These books contain information and directions for creating beautiful dance wear. My website is a continuation of my love of Middle Eastern dance and costuming.

New Book Coming Soon!

Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas

This book is the accompanying text for my Color Theory for Costume Designers classes.  This book introduces the basics of color theory and then offers readers the opportunity to experiment with different color combinations using pencils and more than 50 beautifully illustrated mandalas, hamsas, and circular patterns from around the world!

“Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage”  Kickstarter Campaign fully Funded!  Now available for sale on line at Amazon.com

We did it!  We wrapped up our Kickstarter campaign for “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage,” and raised a whopping $2809 from 54 generous backers!  Designer, dancer, and cover girl, Poppy Maya and I are finishing up the last two Kickstarter premiums – custom, made-to-measure, assiut belly dance bras!  We each took on one design project, and we are each drawing to a close on the finished design!  

Cover_Design_2015 WEB

My last book, The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiutis devoted to my favorite obsession, the Egyptian metal embroidered cloth Assiut.  It starts out with a brief myth-busting history of the cloth and is followed by practical advice for wear and care of vintage pieces and working with modern fabric to create lovely costume pieces for belly dance attire. Read More

Coloring Book by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

Belly Dance Costumes to Color
This downloadable coloring book is filled with interesting information and stunning line drawings of contemporary belly dance costumes to print out and color with marker or pencil. 
This eBook is available as an exclusive gift for my newsletter subscribers! Simply sign up for the monthly Costumer’s Notes Newsletter!  (Subscription Box is at the top right!)

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