This year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing surpassed itself in many ways. Apart from the fabulous dancing, of course, and very worthy winners in Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace, one of best aspects for me was the costume design. Each week the costumes seemed to get better and better and as the BCC’s Strictly costume photo gallery shows, many of the costumes were covered in beautiful beading and sparkling rhinestones.
My research tells me that company responsible for designing the costumes is DSI (DanceSport International Ltd). Based in Croydon, South London, they have been working closely with the BBC on Strictly for a number of years. As well as designing and making the show’s costumes, DSI sell an extensive range of products for costume makers, including rhinestones, beaded trims and feathers as well as dance wear for men and women, including designer dresses (as worn by the Strictly ladies), formal wear, shoes, spray tans and dvds.
I have never purchased anything from DSI but their website looks pretty comprehensive and if you are interested in costume design and need to source rhinestones, feathers etc, this looks a good place to start.