Everything you need to know about Ordering a Costume from Rising Star Designs
We then take a non-refundable deposit of £300GBP to secure the order. The deposit will be deducted off your total amount when the order is complete. This applies to our in-studio fits and our overseas customers.
Can you travel to our Studio?
If you are based in Ireland or can fly to us we can offer you the service of a Private Consultation with the owner and designer Keith Marron. We would give you a choice of dates where you would come to our studio and have a one on one meeting to discuss the order which would include looking at material, colours and discussing your ideas with Keith. He would also measure the dancer at this stage too. This is usually up to an hour long meeting in a relaxed environment. We would ask you to bring along pictures or drawings of what you may have in mind. Like a collar of this dress and a skirt of another etc. We find it best to pick out points you may like instead of one certain dress as we want to create something individual to suit the dancer. Of course if you are stuck Keith can offer you his opinions!
We would then offer you a Fitting/Collection date. This is one day where you arrive at 9am and our team will begin to fit the dress onto the dancer. We have a number of fittings during that day but you can relax in our comfortable Customer Room or go out for a bit of retail therapy for an hour or two in-between fits. We will tell you when you are free and when we need you back again. We are within walking distance of Belfast’s City Centre or you can take a taxi. In the afternoon we will start to crystallise the dress and usually we would be finished by 5.30pm ready for you to take home!
How do I Order from Overseas?
You can still order your new costume without coming to our studio. We base all of the correspondence by email. When you are ready to order we will send you our Rising Star Designs Order Pack which consists of an Order and Measurement form. You would need to fill out the form including your credit card details for the deposit and email it back for us to process. Depending on when you need the dress, for example if you wanted the dress for April and you were ordering in November we would ask you to send in your design ideas and pictures by the end of January at the latest. Keith will devote just as much time as an in-studio consultation going through all your requirements to make sure you get the design and dress of your dreams!
Measurements will not be needed until 6 weeks before the dress is needed. Our Measurement From is self explanatory plus we have Measurement Video Guides on our Youtube Channel to help you out. You can of course call us if you get stuck and we will come to your rescue!
What Happens Next?
When we have all this information together Keith will create the design and email it to you for your approval. Every dancer is allotted time for Keith to personally go through your ideas and use his creativity. While we welcome your input please take advantage of Keith’s wealth of experience and try not to limit your order or ideas too much. The only thing we do not accept are fully designed artwork as these can limit Keith’s creativity.
Our solo costumes range from £600GBP to £1300GBP. We do not charge extra for more or less embroidery or a different style of skirt etc. If a customer has picked a particular fabric and wishes to provide it for the dress then can do so but must supply a receipt for the cost for which they will be reimbursed.
Are there any Hidden Extras?
The only extra costs are Shipping/Insurance (if it is an overseas order) and Crystals.
Shipping costs are as follows:
USA/Canada £100GBP, Ireland/United Kingdom £30GBP, Europe £50
Waistcoats would be half of this cost
We use FEDEX for our overseas orders and an Independent Courier for our Ireland and UK orders.
Please be aware that depending on your country Customs and Excise may charge you an extra Import Tax for goods manufactured outside of the country. This is not a cost which is determined by Rising Star Designs but is calculated on the value of the goods being imported.
We source our Crystals direct from Swarovski and can so offer a better price to our customers. It can be difficult to pinpoint a cost per dress for crystals as every design is different plus every dancers taste is also different. Some love lots and lots and some just a scattering here and there. We like to offer a customer a set amount depending on the design and size of the dancer. For example for a 12yo dancer we would quote on average an amount of £150/175GBP for crystals which includes supply and fit. We like to use coloured crystals along with the popular AB (Aurora Borealis) in various sizes.
We can discuss if an dancer wears a Full or a Bun Wig as this can effect if we need to stone around the back of the neck plus we find you do not need as much on the back of the dress as you do on the front. All little ways to make a fully stoned look more affordable.
We also offer a non-Swarovski AB Pear drop stone made from Acrylic. These are a fraction of the price of the Swarovski Pear drops which we also stock but are great for people on a budget or on the back of a dress. We would only offer the highest quality and these are great. Please ask for more details when discussing the crystals with Keith and his team.