Bra-LaPalooza 2022 – Starting Today!

May 2, 2022

Hello Gang!  Spring is here and it’s time to make some belly dance costumes! Welcome to my annual festival of costume making called “Bra-LaPalooza.” Ever since 2013, I’ve used that name for my annual spring costume build session.  This year, as I work on the next book, “Belly Dance Costume in Detail” using assiut, I’m […]

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Shalimar’s Pink Rhinestone Costume in Action

April 25, 2022

  Shalimar’s Rhinestone Costume One of my long-time costuming clients, the glamorous and elegant Shalimar, has recently begun building her social media presence. She’s started a new website and brand new YouTube Channel. The videos on her new YouTube channel give me a wonderful opportunity to share some of my work in motion.  I was […]

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My “Most Worn” Belly Dance Costume Piece?

April 18, 2022

ALEXANDRIA: Cold Shoulder Mesh Middle Dance Unitard It’s spring of 2022, and I find myself spring cleaning my dance wardrobe. As I pulled out all the bits and pieces, I came to an amazing realization. My most-worn garment is something ready-made that I purchased more than a decade ago! In this photo from 2010, I […]

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Costume Design Analysis

April 8, 2022

Thinking Like a Designer – Analyzing Style and Costuming Design is a process that often begins with the spark of inspiration. That inspiration could be a flower, a painting, a vintage photograph, or simply another favorite dancer that you admire and love. This is slide number 4 of 60 from my upcoming talk, “The Design […]

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Samia Gamal – Hollywood Vs. Personal Style

April 4, 2022

Stop the Presses: Samia Gamal Covered Her Belly Button!! Have you ever considered how your design brief impacts the final look of a costume? Wait, you might be wondering what is a “design brief?” The design brief is a written description of the project. This includes the scope, style, budget, deliverables, and deadlines. Professional costume […]

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