Glitzy Flame

Glitzy Flame
Glitzy Flame
  • Contest: 2021 DESIGN-A-DRESS Contest
  • Full Name: Devan Kraemer
  • Country: United States
  • Story of Your Dress: My dress, Glitzy Flame, is inspired by the 2021 North American Irish Dance Championships. This national’s motto was “rising from the ashes”. This motto had really spoken and related to me because I had felt that after staying home in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I had stopped dancing for some time. Finally, later on in this year, I started back up again and had remembered what it was like to dance. I was disappointed though because my region was not going to have it’s Oireachtas. This meant that I had no competitions to work towards, but I felt that I had to keep pushing myself. This was done to prepare myself for future competitions. I had then heard that their was the national’s and that it would be open to my dance category. I had started to push myself further and had almost danced everyday. Then the national’s had began. I had an open mind and was prepared for whatever was thrown my way. I remember when I was sitting in a circle with my friends while holding their hands. We were waiting for my competition’s recalls to be called, and finally they were. They had gone down the list, number by number, then mine was called. My friends had screamed and after that, it felt like the whole room went silent. I had felt nervous, proud, and tired. Quickly, I put on my dress and started to walk towards the stage to dance. This nationals had been a turning point for me and made me work towards bigger and better goals. This dress will make it possible for me to shine my way past the competition and it will make me feel confident, powerful, and prepared for what will happen next in my Irish dancing career.

After you have entered:

Share your design from IDM’s contest entry page and tell them to ‘like’ your design.

Be sure to use the hashtag #IDMcontest, #risingstardesigns on all your shares.

Voting will take place between Oct 1–Oct 31, so share your entry early on to increase your odds of winning the People’s Choice award.

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Prizes: Two prizes will be awarded!

* TWO GRAND PRIZES – The most creatively designed dress and suitcoat/jacket as selected exclusively by Keith Marron of Rising Star Designs, will each receive a custom-made costume inspired by their design. The Grand Prize costume will include BLING too!

* ONE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER – The entry with the most LIKES will be the People’s Choice winner. The People’s Choice winner will receive a £250 voucher toward the cost of a Rising Star Designs Costume plus they will receive a free one-year subscription to IDM.

THE TOP 20 ONLINE VOTE WINNER  – Will all receive a FREE six-month subscription to Irish Dancing Magazine, valued at $69.99. Their logo, name, dance school, and age will be printed inside an issue of IDM where they will be officially recognised as a finalist in the costume..

* THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS and  PEOPLE'S  CHOICE WINNER – Designs will be featured inside an issue of Irish Dancing Magazine.

TECHNICAL BITS  –  If the People’s Choice winner and Grand Prize winner are the same person, the People’s Choice prize will be given to the People’s Choice runner-up. The same individual cannot win both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice prize


Eligibility & Rules:

• Any Irish Dancer, parent of a Dancer, or Irish Dance teacher may enter to win! However, previous Grand Prize winners and those who have worked for Irish Dancing Magazine in 2020 or 2021 including employees, freelancers and interns are excluded from entering.

• Official templates found here (dress, jacket) must be used for each entry and cannot be altered in size or shape.


• Entries must include name, age, dance school, city, country, email and phone number.

• You may cover the official entry template with cardboard, fabric, etc. but cannot noticeably compromise the size or shape of the template. You may use a computer-generated design but be sure all work (including pasted graphics) is your own intellectual property.

Get started designing for next year: Dress Template    or Jacket Template!

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