Monday, January 26, 2009

Ballet-Style Czech Dance Costume

In 2006, my daughter, Sarah, was named the Miss Czech-Slovak USA Queen. For the talent portion of the competition she performed an original ballet dance to a piece of music by a Czech composter, Antonin Dvorak. She wanted a costume that would be soft and flowing for the performance.

Maggie Grmela of Czech Costume Creations ( created this lovely costume just for the occasion. The 'blouse' is actually a body suit with a lace collar and full puffed sleeves. The skirt is a two-tiered design made of soft chiffon with sequins along the edge. The vest is embroidered with flowers and embellished with beads and sequins. Maggie made Sarah a small wreath of flowers to match the costume that fit perfectly around her bun. While the costume could not be considered authentic, it was spectacular and perfect for the performance!

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