Tag Archives: Costumes

  • Curtain Call® 2019 Favorites

    It has been my privilege to work as a Relationship Manager for Curtain Call for several years. Truthfully, I consider my job as a Relationship Manager to be pretty great. Not only do I have the opportunity to continue working in an industry I love long after I hung up my pointe shoes, but I have the chance to work with studio owners and teachers on a daily basis. I joke with many of my customers that I live vicariously through them and I have lots of fun helping them select recital themes, costumes, and more. I love seeing our customers’ visions come to life on stage. I work very closely with many studio owners throughout Georgia and Florida and every year when our new line is released, our customers ask me about my favorite styles. I always have my own personal favorites whether it be a very on trend Jazz look, or a really gorgeous and flowy Contemporary style.

    2019 favorites

    However, not every one of my personal favorite costumes is good for every customer. Sometimes, the style doesn’t work within their overall theme. Occasionally, the style isn’t the right choice for the age group of the dancers who would be wearing the costume. Whatever the reason, as a Relationship Manager, it is my job to think beyond my own personal style choices and think about what is best for the dancer, the dancer’s parents, the teacher, and the studio owner.

    As a manufacturer and supplier of costumes, it falls on us to think beyond the style itself and to think about the needs of our customers. Perhaps what makes a style a “winner” isn’t just that it is a pretty costume, but that it is in stock when the customer needs it. Maybe the costume is selected because the style would look good on a class of dancers where there is a big age range and the costume needs to look great on everyone. Or, maybe the costume works well for the customer because it isn’t a specific look, meaning it would work just as well for a jazz class featuring 5 and 6 year old dancers as it would for a fun hip hop routine featuring 12 year old dancers.
    To that end, we have curated a list of our “Favorites” – an initial collection of styles that we love, not only because we love the look and feel of the costume, but because of their versatility. Consider our Curtain Call 2019 Favorites not just our recommendations, but also styles that will meet your needs.

     

    It is also our personal commitment to you to ensure the following:

    • Every Curtain Call 2019 Favorite style is guaranteed to be in stock and ready for your orders by the end of October.
    • Every Curtain Call 2019 Favorite style is a Y.P.A.D. approved costume, age appropriate, and fashion forward.
    • Every Curtain Call 2019 Favorite style will be available to be viewed at costume shows, whether it is our new full line show in Baltimore, our regional shows hosted by your Relationship Manager, or UDMA.

    You may also reach out to your Relationship Manager to ask more about the selection of styles, or ask to view samples of the costumes. Does this mean these are the only costumes we recommend to you? Absolutely not! We have three catalogs full of beautiful and on trend costumes: Curtain Call, Perform, and NX3. Our goal with our Curtain Call 2019 Favorites is to reinforce our commitment to you to be a company with fashion forward, in stock styles, which meet you and your dancer’s needs.

    Shop our Favorite styles now

    We hope you love our new line and we can’t wait to see you at shows this fall. For those of you in Georgia and Florida, I just may have a few themes and ideas ready to share with you. I’ll keep planning imaginary recitals in my head just in case you could use a few new ideas.

    Happy dancing,
    Amelia

  • Y.P.A.D.™ Certification: The Impact

    wordcloudWe asked a few of your favorite Curtain Call Relationship Managers what their thoughts were on the impact of Curtain Call's Y.P.A.D.™ Certification, here's what they had to say:

    How do you believe the YPAD Certification/relationship will impact Curtain Call’s position in the industry?

    I truly believe that the relationship between YPAD and Curtain Call Costumes positions our company to be the standard in the industry. I have already heard from excited customers who now feel empowered to make different, sometimes difficult, choices that will benefit the students and families they serve. Curtain Call was already a leader in our industry, but now, we are the first to step forward and say “we stand behind these values”. It’s a big deal and I know studio owners across the country and beyond will respect our choice. – Ameila Fazio

    Only time will tell, but I truly think this will be a game changer in the costume industry. The safety of children has been and will continue be a top priority in the eyes of a dance teachers and I think they will come to expect this to be a top priority for costume companies as well. – Christine Luca

    It already has! I am proud to announce our partnership with YPAD and my customers are proud to purchase from a company that has a partnership with them. It is giving the voice back to the children in an industry that is run by adults and their bottom line. This partnership is going to have a HUGE impact with Curtain Call’s position! – Cori Callahan

    The YPAD certification positions Curtain Call as a leader in the industry who truly cares about their customer. The certification will give studios peace of mind and assurance that they can trust the products they are purchasing will meet the YPAD standards and values. Curtain Call’s commitment to excellence is reflected in this commitment to certify their employees. – Debbie Carr

    Stay tuned for more insight from your Relationship Managers on Curtain Call's Y.P.A.D.™ Certification in the next segment of our Y.P.A.D.™ Certification series!
  • See the Sparkle for Yourself

    At Curtain Call, we understand how important it is for you to be able to see and touch our costumes in person. Even better, being able to experience the flow of a contemporary dress, the shimmer of sequins, and the movement of fringe by having models bring the costumes to life! This season, we strategically placed a number of Curtain Call hosted costume preview shows throughout the country for your convenience.

    Why should you attend a Curtain Call hosted event?CCWelcomesYou-2016
    • Get an exclusive, in-person look at our new 2018 Curtain Call®, Perform®, and NX3® Collections
    • Meet your regional Relationship Manager
    • Learn about our Curtain Call for Class® program and see the latest collection
    • Come alone or bring your whole team for a costume planning event
    • Mix and mingle with fellow dance enthusiasts and dance studio owners
    • Learn about our Curtain Call Rewards program

    NEW this season… if you attend a Curtain Call hosted* event you may be eligible for a 5% Show Bonus! This show bonus, Curtain Call Cash, can be earned on all orders over $1,000 placed by November 27, 2017 and is in addition to any eligible discount! Learn more about this exclusive offer!

    If you’re not able to visit us at one of our hosted shows, stop by and visit us at one of the four UDMA events!

    For details about our Curtain Call hosted shows and to RSVP, view our Upcoming Events!

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • 2018 Collection: Share the Joy of Dance With Everyone

    We are always excited to launch our new costume line, and this 2018 collection is our most amazing yet! But Curtain Call is more than costumes. It’s about sharing the joy of dance with everyone. Your performance, both on and off the stage, continues to be our passion. Our ongoing mission is to support you, the artist, the visionary, the teacher, and the business owner- so you can perform at your best, and inspire the next generation of dancers. Supporting you means we strive to lead the costume industry by offering quality, value priced styles, exceptional service, and reliable peace of mind, so you, and your dancers, can perform at their best. This season, it also means we strive to recognize and support the mission to celebrate and protect all dancers.

    Curtain Call is proud to be recognized as the first Y.P.A.D™ Certified costume company! Y.P.A.D. stands for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, and is a nonprofit dedicated to building empowered dance communities to keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance. By becoming certified, Curtain Call leads the dance costume industry by incorporating diversity, inclusiveness and safety in how costumes are designed, photographed and promoted.

    With the help of Y.P.A.D.’s Advisory Panel members of industry experts, we have dedicated over 100 hours to developing, organizing, and implementing market research and analysis to help studios choose costumes that specifically support children with special needs. The market research was led by Advisory Panel Member Tricia Gomez, the creator of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a rhythm and dance program designed for those with individual learning differences and other special needs. In this ground breaking project, 23 amazing children ages 3-14 were involved to help determine which costumes accommodated diverse needs. Using this research, we developed and assigned helpful icons to specific garments in the 2018 collection to help assist you in selecting the right garment for your dancers.YPAD-icons

    “Curtain Call’s willingness to go through Certification training and coming alongside us in this partnership is absolutely monumental for the dance industry. They continue to set a standard for the dance apparel industry which is to always put the emotional and physical wellness of children before profits and potentially harmful trends.” – Leslie Scott, Founder of Y.P.A.D.

    We hope this new 2018 costume line will inspire you with ideas for choreography and performances, as well as inspire you to learn more about how we can all support our youth and #LetKidsBeKids. We are proud to share this new collection with you, honored to support the Y.P.A.D mission, and grateful that you will consider Curtain Call for your costume needs this season.

    On behalf of our entire team, we hope you have an amazing year!

    Tighe King, CEO and the Curtain Call Team

     

    Special thanks to:
    Curtain Call would like to express a Special Thanks to members of Y.P.A.D.’s Advisory Panel of Industry Experts!
    Without their efforts, this project would not have been possible.

    Tricia Gomez, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance

    Katie Gatlin, M.S. Mental Health Counseling/Dance Educator (Committee Leaders)

    Misty Lown, More Than Just Great Dancing™ and Misty’s Dance Unlimited™

    Vanessa Terrell, The Pointe School of Dance

    Tiffany Prout-Leitao, Center Stage Dance Academy

    Dr. Christina Donaldson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD, Department of Psychology, Colorado College

    Leslie Scott, Founder of  Y.P.A.D.™

    Joseph Zanovitch, Director of Y.P.A.D.™

  • Inspiring Confidence Through Costumes Part Three: 2016 Trends & 2017 Predictions

    CandicePicQ&A with Candice Specht, Curtain Call Designer

    How long have you worked in costume design? How did you get into this field?

    I have worked in the dance costume design industry for about seven years and three and a half years at Perform Group. I began college as a fashion design major, but I quickly learned that I wasn’t interested in doing mass-marketed fashion lines. Instead, I decided to fuse my two passions together. I began dancing when I was two or three years old and while in high school, I began teaching like my mom. I loved dancewear because it was a niche area.

    What inspires you?

    Lots of shopping! I look at today’s fashion trends and play with how I can incorporate those into dancewear specifically. I look at Vogue and Seventeen magazines to see what’s inspiring the fashion of today’s younger women. Celebrity styles in tabloids, big fashion runway shows and retail websites like Rent the Runway are other ways that allow me to visualize what people would look like in dance costumes that are trendy.

    Movies are pop culture inspirations. I anticipate that The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast will be the most recreated styles in 2017. Marvel and heroine movies and music will continue to gain popularity and momentum through next year.

    Music is another impactful inspiration because I imagine the movements to that song and what style would complement that music. What musicians like Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Beyoncé are wearing in music videos and the red carpet set the tone for dance costume fashion.

    What does your day look like as a dance costume designer?

    My first task when I get in the office is answering emails. Then I explore costs and materials for our garments. Next on my to-do list is seeking inspiration. That ranges from magazines and tabloids, to Google and Pinterest searches, to online shopping.

    When I’m developing an outfit, I will draw a very rough sketch on paper with a list of items I want to incorporate within the margins. After this initial sketch, I continue more detailed work on Adobe Illustrator.

    I work on a team with three in-house designers and one freelance designer. Though we each have our own offices, we have a large open space where we collaborate.

    What is your favorite genre of dance to design for?

    My favorite genre of dance to design for has to be contemporary because it’s fun to incorporate current fashion trends and dress details like the latest wedding dress styles. My favorite age group to design for is the tween and teen dancers.

    What are the most popular colors and fabrics to incorporate into your designs?

    Green is my favorite color so I was happy to hear “greenery” was Pantone’s color of the year, especially since it’s not normally that popular of a color to incorporate into dance costumes. Black, blush and beige tones are staple colors that have been popular for years.

    The 1990s style is back in fashion and we see that carrying into dance. We’ve also seen a ton of demand for off the shoulder and slit sleeves over the past year.

    Sparkles and sequins are always popular. Velvet comes in and out of style. Pleated fabrics are really in right now. My favorite item to design is intricate backs.

    What was your favorite design this year?

    The ballet costume Blushing Bouquet (C354) was my favorite Curtain Call design of the year. It’s all about the fabric in that style.

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  • Inspiring Confidence Through Costumes Part Two: 2016 Trends

     

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    Q&A with Jessica Saunders, Curtain Call Costume Designer

    Entering the world of performing arts opens the door to a number of professions that inspire creativity, talent and passion. Dancers and other performers, of course, make the list, but so do producers, set designers, choreographers, musicians and…….you guessed it! Costume designers.

    It’s impossible to ignore the talent of costume designers this time of year as we enter the height of awards season. With popular movies like Mad Max and Cinderella nominated for Academy Awards for best costume design, and television series like Downton Abby captivating audiences across the country, the critical contribution of costume designers in making stories come to life is undeniable.

    Here at Curtain Call our designers are dedicated to making your performances come to life by designing costumes that make every dancer feel confident. Not only should dancers look and feel good, they should also know that their costumes are reflecting the latest trends and most in-demand styles.

    Read on for a Q&A with Curtain Call designer Jessica Saunders about how and where she gathers inspiration and insights into the latest costume trends.

    How long have you worked in costume design? How did you get into this field?
    JS: I have been a costume designer at Curtain Call for the past 14 years. Prior to my time with Curtain Call, I actually designed sleepwear upon receiving my undergraduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco.

    What inspires you?
    JS: This is a question that we, as designers, get asked a lot. When you’re doing something you love, from the heart, it never gets old, so honestly, I get inspiration everywhere and from everything. I definitely follow red carpet trends, high fashion runways and movie fashion. But I also rely on some trend forecasting sites (Trendstop, Fashion Vignette, PopSugar, Vogue), Pinterest, music videos, and I even gather inspiration from things like home décor. Our team of four designers will also shop the market in major fashion capitals like NYC and LA and drop into professional performances, like Broadway shows.

    How many designers are on your team? Are you each responsible for a certain line?
    JS: There are four designers on the Curtain Call team. For the most part, we all have an equal share of every line. We have changed it up over the years, but it’s best to have everyone’s input in making a particular line the very best it can be.

    What dance genre is your favorite to design costumes for?
    JS: This definitely changes from year to year. I really enjoy the process of researching and gathering inspiration for a line. The types of inspiration I come across really determine my excitement when beginning to design for a particular genre. This year, I am really eager to design for the Pop Hop line. I have quite a few fun prints I am excited to use and some trendy silhouettes gathered from street fashion.

    Were you ever a dancer?
    JS: Yes! Throughout middle school and high school I studied basically every style of dance, but tap was always my favorite.

    What are your thoughts on street style influencing style in the studio or on stage and vice versa?
    JS: Street style absolutely inspires stage style—especially when you consider a style like hip hop, which is heavily inspired by street dancers. You definitely see street trends, like athleisure, for example, making its way into popular dance styles.

    What costume styles are going to be trendy in 2016 (colors, fabrics, silhouettes, etc.)? How do these trends differ from last year? Years past?
    JS: This year we will definitely see cold-shoulder treatment, embroidered cut outs and panels, bold graphic patterns and patterns with shine. Cold-shoulder treatments are coming back in style, while bold graphic patterns and patterns with shine have been trendy for several years now. Sequins are a forever staple in dance. They look fantastic on stage, and that will never change.

    Additionally, a few more styles that are going to be big this year are:

    • Geometric panel designs, giving a modern or athleisure feel for jazz and contemporary
    • X style necklines, incorporating a version of shoulderless sleeves for contemporary
    • Feminine ornamental laces on nude mesh for ballet and contemporary

    How often do trends in different dance genres affect each other or cross over?
    JS: So many of our styles can be used in multiple dance genres. This is particularly the case in the Jazz and Contemporary sections. Fabric and music cross dance genres so it makes sense that our designs do too. Curtain Call customers are full of creativity. They are always coming up with great ways to use our styles in ways we haven’t considered. Their originality is an inspiration to us.

    The 2016 Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity. Will these influence costume designs this year?
    JS: Absolutely. You can expect to see Rose Quartz and Serenity appear more frequently in street and stage style, especially since fabric vendors rely heavily on Pantone predictions.

    Are there are other colors that you think will take center stage / or that you’d like to see become a top color in 2016?
    JS: Red, pink and other bright colors look great on stage. Gem tones, which have been on the Pantone list in recent years, will be popular, as will gold.

    What advice do you have for aspiring costume designers?
    JS: Stay humble and open to new experiences! Being a designer is so much more than making pretty sketches. Staying creative year after year, following a timeline with stressful expectations and plenty of noncreative assignments is what the job really entails. Dedication and hard work will make you an asset to your team and a success no matter what path you take.

    What do you hope will be the biggest 2016 costume trend? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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