Every contestant knows that special feeling of finding the "right" gown–you look in the mirror, and stand a little taller, you smile a little brighter, you feel invincible in it. And you are wearing that gown, not the gown wearing you.
Your talent costume should be the same, you should feel great in it, and it should complement your talent, not overshadow it. There are elements to a great performance that are important to bringing together a "winning" talent piece, and it's important to look at your performance from others' viewpoints.
Fit Your Talent
These are the questions that I ask before I start designing, because the most important things for me are that the costume will not only look great, but also be functional and complement your talent.
- What style of dance will you be performing (jazz, ballet en pointe, baton twirling, etc.)?
- What song will you be performing to?
- Do you have anything particular in mind (for example: two-piece, halter, long skirt, pants, etc.)?
- What color(s) do you lie? Any colors you don't like?
- Do you have any design limitations (for example: large chested–need support/built-in bra)?
Fit Your Budget
With the economy, I think budget has been a concern for most contestants. I think it's always important to determine what your budget is before you go shopping, whether it's for your interview outfit, gown, or talent costume. Figure out what you're comfortable spending, and then work within that budget. If your budget is limited, there are always options, and working with a professional can help point you in the direction.
Above all, love your talent costume. It should be functional and comfortable so that you can perform to your absolute best in it. The right costume can elevate your talent, and add to the entertainment value of your performance.
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Source: Trisha Tidd