Color, style, fabric, size, crystals… It is almost enough to make your head spin! But first, relax. Getting the gown is as exciting as the dancing itself, and we are here to make sure you have a wonderful experience getting your perfect dress.
A little about Designs to Shine gowns…Each gown is one of a kind. They are all built on body forms, not from patterns. They are made to fit impeccably. All gowns are built on a bodysuit (like a bathing suit) with built in bra cups for support. They are meant to be snug, yet comfortable; you need to feel secure. Our designs are inspired from nearly everything around us. Even we are surprised at how versatile our collection is. Nearly every dress is a collaboration of the entire Designs to Shine team, all taught and carefully directed by Maria McGill herself. She puts her touch into every gown, and you can tell. Each dress is really a work of art. Steve Jobs was once quoted: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” We believe that truly great design is all three of those things. Not a single gown gets overlooked. Some people might say that we are fanatics. We are.
You never know what you are looking for until you have tried them on. This style looks great on her, but how will that look on me? I love the color of my new sweater, but will a gown that color show up on the floor? How much is too much (or how little is too little!)?
Seeing a gown on the hanger, or in a photo, or even on a mannequin will never do it justice. It comes to life when you put it on. You can see how it feels, how it moves, what it covers, and what it brings out in you. It must be comfortable AND you must feel comfortable in it – two very different things. You can’t be on the dance floor fidgeting with your gown; it will distract you (and the judges!) from your dancing. If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you may feel insecure and hold back when it’s your time to shine. Gowns will surprise you and (like men) you will know when you find the perfect one.