Our 2020 season is all about supporting artists. Artists and artist athletes such as dancers, figure skaters, gymnasts, drag queens, figure posing competitors, western show competitors and cheerleaders are the obvious artists to support. At Rhinestones Unlimited we seek to support the support team of artists behind the artist. What do we mean? We look for the choreographers, dance teachers, coaches, costumers, dressmakers, and tailors that provide the sparkle and artful eye and talent that really allows the artist to sparkle in the spotlight.
To kick off this season we are thrilled with the return of the Sparkle in the Spotlight Design Contest. This year we have a dance studio owner, dance mom turned designer, dance grandma coming out of retirement to design for her dancing granddaughter, figure skating dress designer, ballroom dress designer, and burlesque designer. As part of our celebration and support of artistry, we present to you the finalists in the Swarovski® Sparkle In the Spotlight 2019 costume competition!
Each day this week we will be revealing a designer with video and images. The final one up is: STEPHANIE SEYMOUR COSTUMES.
Stephanie Seymour Designs is located in Seattle, Washington and specializes in design and construction of Cirque & Burlesque costumes. Her intricate work can be seen in Verlaine and McCann'sThrough the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice and Wonderland and Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, featuring dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
This last spring Stephanie lost her grandmother who was a talented and inspired watercolor painter. As Stephanie dreamed about her costume for the Sparkle in the Spotlight costume contest, she envisioned that the Swarovski crystals could look like they were painted onto the costume and the fabric itself was a canvas. The only color added to the costume would be the use of the crystals and painted DIY appliques. She also wanted the underside of the tutu to be ombre from black to white because she loves adding little surprises to her costumes.
Stephanie had her fabric custom printed on a canvas material to give the feeling of a black and white painting. She chose the floral pattern because she wanted to showcase multiple colors of crystal to "paint" each flower. Stephanie says the hardest part of the project was selecting the Swarovski crystal to use; "there are too many great options to pick from!". Ultimately she went with Swarovski's Lacquer Pro collection because the opaque quality of the collection would look like paint and support the theme of the costume. Of course she wanted some added sparkle quality so some classic Crystal AB Swarovski 2088 rhinestones were added.
Today, we reveal our last, but certainly not least, Sparkle in the Spotlight costume from Stephanie Seymour Designs. Check back on this article for additional images and information on Stephanie's design and construction of this inspired costume including the hand painting of the appliques, the tutu construction, the application of the crystals and the fun paint pallet headpiece that brings the theme together in honor of Stephanie's grandmother. So lovely - don't miss it!
Crystals from Swarovski
Costume Designer: Stephanie Seymour, Stephanie Seymour Costumes
Dancer: Haley Klemsrud
Video: Laura Sukowatey Films