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So many beautiful dresses! Do you wonder about the designers? Photo by Carson Zullinger.

Celebrating Ballroom Dance Dress Designers

By Julie Michelle Wilson, Creative Director and Callie Maginnis, Author
Contributing Author
Photos Courtesy of Encore Ballroom Couture
Which designer is your favorite?

Do you wonder what is unique about each of the designers in the ballroom dress industry?  USA Dance Member Julie Wilson and her professionals at Encore Ballroom Couture have recently taken a stab at it in this piece – Celebrating Ballroom Dance Dress Designers.  Which designer is your favorite? 

Chrisanne Clover is known for their elegant and chic designs, using the highest quality crystals and Chrisanne Clover Fabrics. Silver Screen, Sphinx, and Celestial Wonder are examples of classically beautiful looks!

Designs to Shine by Maria McGill and Summer Gray is known for their bright colors, bold patterns, and unique embellishments that stand out on the dance floor! Designs to Shine dancers shine bright in a one-of-a-kind dress like Supernova, Samba Party, or Mercury Rising! 

LeNique is the fusion of experience and artistry, blending innovative ideas with classic styles. Sleek numbers like Goldmine, Camera Ready, and Armed with Charm allow the LeNique lady to look and feel her best on the dance floor! 

Artistry in Motion by Julia Gorchakova is known for their high-quality luxurious designs that are both unique and chic! Look for dresses like Montana Sunset, Sheena II, or High Society for a creative take on a ballroom dress! 

Donna Inc by Donna Hamza is known for their exceptional stoning and overall quality, beauty, and creativity! Shimmering gowns like Blueberry Ice, Vision in Blue, and Turquoise Persuasion are just some of the gorgeous “Donnas” out there!

Anabell’s dresses feature lots of classic designs and art nouveau inspiration! Examples are the whimsical designs of Pearls of Paris, Pink Ice, and Supersonic.

Vesa Designs by Vesa Hietala and Luca Sartori are full of cutting-edge fashion and haute couture design details! Enjoy fierce and fabulous looks like Tropicana in Havana, Snap Crackle Pop, and Material Girl for a surefire way to wow an audience! 

Dore Designs is one of the most well-known names in ballroom! Known for their creative and eye-catching designs, their dresses are sure to dazzle on the dance floor! Consider a Dore showstopper look like Touched by an Angel, Hotsy Totsy, or Cool as a Cucumber for your own dance wardrobe!

Alisa Mandel Designs creates unique and creative designs with a theatrical nature! Alisa Mandel Design will bring out your creative side in a dress as unique as you, like Ole, Peach Blossom Special, or Orange Creamsicle!

Randall Designs is best known for their dance costumes from Dancing with the Stars and makes distinctive and dazzling competition dresses! Examples of Randall’s are Limeade or these two original Karina Smirnoff Dresses from Dancing with the Stars!

Jordy dresses are works of art that can be super sexy or chic and classy! Sparkling Grapefruit, Off the Grid, and Strawberry Swirl are examples of the stunning Jordy’s out there.

Elle Dance Studio creates dresses with flattering and classic silhouettes, that pop in bright colors and sparkling embellishments! The Elle styles range from sassy ones to sexy ones like Botanical Barbie, Pixie Dust, and Havana Heat!

There are many more ballroom dress designers here in the United States and around the world.  Each dress is unique and each designer is a creative artist.  Do you have a favorite?  Why don’t you share your views with the readers of American Dancer?  There is so much for us all to learn.  Send your ideas, stories, and commentary to:  americandancer@usadance.org

Callie Maginnis
Callie Maginnis

About the Writer: Callie Maginnis is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Fashion Design and English. She is the dress manager at Encore Ballroom Couture and loves the sparkle and shine of the ballroom dance industry!

Julie Michelle Wilson
Julie Michelle Wilson

About the Creative Director: Julie Michelle Wilson is the owner of Encore Ballroom Couture, the leading consignment and rental dress company in the ballroom dance industry. She has been a professional dancer for almost 20 years.  She enjoys creative expression on and off the dance floor! 

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