Designs to Shine is widely considered the leader in the dance industry for our cutting edge designs, fit and quality. Founded in 1996 by professional ballroom dancer Maria McGill, Designs to Shine started as a small two person company. The demand for her gowns quickly became so great, Maria decided to devote her time solely to designing. The business has grown exponentially over the years and is now bigger than ever. Designs to Shine by Maria McGill & Summer Gray is the leader in the Ballroom industry for quality & design. Between our love of the dance industry and our desire to make every woman look amazing, we continue to surpass our own standards every year. Designs to Shine by Maria McGill & Summer Gray is Style & elegance on and off the Ballroom floor. Experience a whole new world of luxury with our custom designed Dancewear, Evening & Bridal Gowns. Designs to Shine now has a staff of over 35 people and produces over 800 one of a kind custom designs every year as well as bridal, & evening gowns.
In addition to competitive ballroom, Designs to Shine has provided stunning costumes for hit television programs such as Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
New Century Dance Company, winner of the 2007 Spotlight Awards Entertainer of the year, showcased a variety of Designs to Shine costumes for the launch of Pasionatta.
Due to popularity of Dancing With The Stars, Maria has received a great amount of attention in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Star, In Touch, Inside TV, E-News Daily among others.
Recently, Maria has worked on a variety of other projects including the Discovery Channel’s special Ballroom Boot Camp, and Skating With Celebrities.
Being chosen to design for Skating with Celebrities was our first foray into the exciting world of professional ice skating and has lead Designs to Shine to working closely with skating legend Nancy Kerrigan.
The custom green costume created for Nancy to wear for Kristi Yamaguchi Friends & Family was inspired not only by the music, but by our desire to introduce classic designs with a contemporary unexpected twist.
Maria’s fabulous collection of Dancing With The Stars series premier were chosen to be featured on the Maury Povich Show on NBC