Firstly thank you for considering Rising Star Designs for your next Irish Dance Costume.
Here is everything you need to know about Ordering a Costume from Rising Star Designs.
To secure an order we require a non-refundable deposit of £300GBP, the deposit will be deducted off your total amount when the order is complete. This applies to both 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 or an experienced member of our design team. 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. We would also measure the dancer at this stage too. This is usually an hour long appointment in a relaxed environment. This is the perfect time to bring along inspirational pictures or drawings of what you have in mind for your costume. 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. 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 6pm ready for you to take home!
How do I Order from Overseas?
You can still order your new costume without coming to our studio. In this Case we base all of the correspondence by email and Drop Box.
If you are interested in ordering from us we will send you our Order Form for you to fill out. Print off the form and fill it out, you can either scan them back into your computer or take a photograph of the form and attach it in an email back to us
You have the choice of having as little or as much input in the design and look of the dress. We like people to send in examples of dresses they like. Drawings no matter how rough are always welcome. These give Keith a better idea of what kind of look you would like to go for plus creating something unique for the dancer. This applies for both dresses for girls and vests for boys. 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!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.
Once we have all of your design information and Measurements the order is passed to the Design team a design will then be created and emailed to you for your approval. We would ask that you reply with an answer within 24hours. If you would like your teacher included in the email please provide her email address on the Order Form.
When do we require full payment?
In the case of an Overseas Order and an In-Studio Fitting we require Full Payment before the order leaves our premises. There are no exceptions. We accept Visa and MasterCard for both the deposit and the full payment. Your Card details will be kept securely on file to be used for the balance payment, you will be contacted via email once the transaction has been processed or declined.
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 DHL 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 £400GBP upwards 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 a 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. Please ask for more details when discussing the crystals with Keith and his team.