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“Where Unique and Awesome Designs Are Our Specialty”

Satisfaction Guarantee ~*

Connie has been designing and making Pageant Wear for 9 years and her clients always come first! You can rest assured that she will do anything and everything that she can to make sure that you are 100% happy with your garment!!!  She will alter, adjust, or remake anything that you think is not just right and she is available until you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your garment.

She designs sportwear, theme wear, casual wear,  swimwear, hair accessories,  mega glitz dresses and everything in between!

Scheduling ~*

She can have most items out in only 4 weeks!

Rush Orders ~*

She does offer rush orders.  She can have dresses out in as little as one week if her schedule allows for it!  She can provide you with references on national level orders that have been completed in as little as one week’s time (and won overall fashion!).

Contact Info ~*

E-mail is Connie’s preferred method of correspondence at the address:
It is also the quickest way to get a hold of her. She is on Mountain Time and is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.


Custom Creations
PO Box 434
12836 Dempsey
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246


Latin and Ballroom Dance Costumes and Gowns

For unusual paths into the world of high-fashion ballroom dance wear, it’s going to be hard to beat Irina Birukova’s.  It’s difficult to believe that this stunningly elegant and talented designer (she designs for professionals and amateurs at all levels) started out in life as an aircraft engineer. Shortening “aircraft” into “craft”, she translated the sewing and embroidery skills she learned in school into a finalist’s award at the Burda Moden School of Design competition in Moscow.

International moves took her to Seattle, Washington, to the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT). She discovered that the skills that she had developed in Russia, including designing and crafting exquisitely tailored women’s business suits, found her teaching her teachers.  The staff was impressed with her skills to the extent that she was offered an instructor’s position there, which she declined.  She then attended the Istituto Di Moda Burgo, in Milan, Italy, where she honed her already-impressive figure drawing skills and studied fashion design.

At some point in her growth as a fashion designer, a professional dancer who had been impressed with the construction and tailoring of a pants suit that Irina had designed and made for herself, approached her and asked if she did gowns for ballroom dance competitions, and would she consider making gowns for this professional?  Irina had been required to take a few waltz lessons in high school (with a partner assigned whom she disliked and soon caused her to quit) and had never seen a ballroom competition, so of course she said yes.

She thought then, and still believes, that designing high-performance aircraft and designing equally high-performance ballgowns are very related fields.  “They are both about dynamics – speed and movement.  Flying is flying, regardless of whether it’s in a plane or in a gown”.  She says that just as an aircraft has to be designed and crafted “just so” in order to make it most aerodynamically effective, so a ballgown must drape and swirl “just so” to create the most attractive illusion of flight for each particular dancer.  Those are the dynamics Irina tries to achieve in each individual design – the drape and flow most flattering and becoming to each dancer, and not just prêt-a-porter pieces.

Irina comes by her talent naturally.  She says that her great-grandmother, Alexandra Tribunskaya, was a professional fashion designer and was always elegantly dressed in perfectly-tailored gowns. Family legend says that this lady once designed for the Romanovs.

Irina now lives in Seattle with her husband, photographer and programmer Eugene, and is the darling of her adoring, and beautifully adorned, clients.  Her website, provides examples of the many different designs Irina has created for her clientele.

Contact Irina at for more information!



~*Debbie’s Ruffles & Glitz*~

Debbie’s Ruffles & Glitz is the only stop you’ll have to make for beautiful pageant clothes. Whether you want a one of a kind custom designed outfit, or you would like to save a little money and make something yourself, this site is the place to be! With over 26 years in pageantry experience you can feel at ease that you are making the right choice when purchasing from Debbie Cantor. You’ll find her price’s and quality hard to beat!

Her Most Recent Design for Alana:

For custom designs or any inquiries email Debbie at:

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