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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS DANCES WITH THE STARS OF DANCESPORT 

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS was the title sponsor for the USA Dance 2011 National DanceSport Championships at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on April 8–10, 2011. Celebrating its 31st Year, the USA Dance Nationals is the official national championships for DanceSport and the largest event of its kind in America.  Those who attended experienced a new dimension in design brilliance, with costumes encrusted with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and worn by USA’s most exciting dance talents. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collaborated with four leading costume designers to create costumes and accessories to interpret the latest trends in ballroom fashion. An elite group of ten top-ranking pairs wore the custom-made designs that sparkled with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS throughout the championship event.


 
In keeping with the company’s principle of staying at the cutting edge of design, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS created a new crystal, the enhanced 2058 XILION Flatback No Hotfix, which was used in these dazzling costumes. This new element has a unique patented cut, proven in light laboratory tests to be even more brilliant than its predecessors in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment. It is a perfect crystal for a high-profile dance competition that gives enhanced glamour to the costumes, jewelry and accessories of the elite dancers.

 Merchants Overseas stocks the New 2058 Xilion Flat Back in all of the available sizes and colors for our dance and costume design customers!!
 
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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, www.FashionsForPassion.com provides examples of the many different designs Irina has created for her clientele.

Contact Irina at irina@fashionsforpassion.com for more information!

IRINA’S FASHIONS HAS BEEN A MERCHANTS OVERSEAS CUSTOMER SINCE SHE OPENED IN  2002!


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