Dancing with the Stars kicks up its heels again on Monday ΓÇô literally ΓÇô which means we’ll be seeing a whole lot of sequins and rhinestones ΓÇô on the women too!
TV DivaGal spoke with Randall Christensen, DWTS’ Emmy award-winning costume designer who let us in on some of the styling secrets to those intricate costumes Kirstie Alley and Wendy Williams will be sporting when they hit the ballroom floor.
Randall starts by discovering what body part his female contestants love most on themselves, and what they’re not crazy about. “I don’t reveal that, at least at first.” As the season moves on, and you start to see more skin, it’s “because they’ve asked for it,” he declares.
Then it is on to the garment itself, and Randall loves breaking the pattern rules. “WeΓÇÖve got three days to design a costume, and I’ll drape it right on my girl until we get the shape we want,” he shares. Of course, the most important part of the design is in the foundation garments, which are built right in. “Even the skinniest girl can use a little help smoothing out a lump or bump here and there, especially when she’s twirling around on the dance floor at all angles,” Randall says.
As for the dress construction, here’s something interesting: Randall doesn’t have a team of stylists working on each dress. “Each star gets one seamstress and she stays with the contestant for the length of time that performer is on the show.” The seamstress gets a chance to really know her star’s physique and can make adjustments quickly when the weight starts dropping off. Wouldn’t we all love that to happen to our bodies and wardrobe?
Catch the two-hour premiere of Dancing With the Stars, season 12, Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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