When you step onto the dance floor you want every eye on you, the sparkling center of attention! Swarovski crystals are a fantastic tool to help you create a stunning dance costume that will capture the audience’s imagination and leave a dazzling impression. Whether you’re a veteran dancer or planning your first performance, these five tips for crystallizing your dance costume with Swarovski Crystals are your guide to an unforgettable outfit.
Plan your look
Before you grab a bag of gorgeous glittery crystals from Swarovski and go crazy with a glue gun, take some time to plan your look. Think about the music: Is it contemporary or classical? Is your performance a traditional style like a cha-cha or tango, or something avant-garde? Will this be the first time your audience has seen you dance?
You might find it helpful to write a specific description of the upcoming performance including the setting and audience. Then plan your costume and choose your Swarovski crystals accordingly. You want a look that is appropriate to the music, with colors and shapes that flatter your body and highlight your movements.
Give it a twist
Once you’ve settled on the perfect look for your performance, shake it up! Great dance is about surprising your audience, making them sit up and take notice. If you’re performing a sophisticated waltz spice up your outfit with a starburst of Swarovski crystals in a complementary colour. If you have a sleek, streamlined look add a hood or concealed train that you can flourish to reveal the hidden sparkle of crystals within. Let your imagination go wild in this step
Set aside time
Planning is half the battle. But don’t put your feet up (or rush back to the studio) as soon as you have designed your perfect costume. You need to set aside time to create your perfect outfit, and that includes factoring in time for trying it on in practice to make sure everything is perfect. If you are pressed for time or want to cover a large area of fabric with Swarovski stones, flat back hotfix crystals are easy to use and super-durable. If you are creating delicate designs or want the extra control of hand-gluing, Swarovski’s flat back no hotfix crystals are a great choice.
Choose your tools
If you decide to use flat back hotfix crystals you will need to be sure your fabric can handle the heat, and that you have the right tools to hand. There are lots of options for applying hotfix stones, including heat press, continuous fusing press, stone setting machine, applicator gun or an ordinary iron. Choose the one that works best for your workspace and the quantity and intricacy of your crystal design!
Glue is your main ingredient when it comes to applying flatback no hotfix Swarovski stones. There is a range of good brands on the market and thanks to intrepid testers, you can find numerous first-person reviews and options with a quick online search for “crystal glue”. Or you can check out our range here.
Practice then make perfect
The ultimate test of your costume is how well it performs on the dance floor. When every detail is complete try it on and take it for a spin. You want to be sure it has strong visual impact. Ask a friend to video your performance then watch it to see how you look to the audience. You can always increase the quantity and density of the Swarovski crystals for a truly attention-getting look.
Giving your outfit a trial run is also important to check that your costume stands up to the rigors of dancing. Both hotfix and no hotfix crystals are almost impossible to shake, if applied correctly. But it is still a good idea to check that everything stays in place, as the quality and type of fabric can affect how well crystals adhere. This gives you a chance to fix any minor niggles before you step out for your performance!
Designing and creating a costume is a key part of the creative process of a dance performance. We’d love to hear your thoughts on crystallizing costumes. Do you have a favorite tip or technique? Please share in the comments!
You can also check out our 7 Swarovski Crystal Design Inspirations For Dance and find out more about specific Swarovski crystals and their colors, shapes, sizes etc.
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