10 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating a Fantastic Fire Costume

Couture Fire Costumes
Photo: William Lee
Artists: GlitterGirl & The Amazing Zihni

As the fire dancing community continues to grow, artists have various opportunities for differentiating themselves from others. In addition to developing a unique style expressed through the performance, artists are advised to consider their attire as part of their presentation and in that, how to make the costume as fantastic as they are. These tips are for our fire dancing friends with safety and showmanship in mind, so enjoy these 10 Tips for Creating a Fantastic Fire Costume.

  • Do wear something that looks good
  • Do look like you’re wearing a costume so that you stand out and don’t look like someone off the street (unless that’s a gimic of the gig itself and you should look like you’re just off the street)
  • Do wear something that will look good in photographs and video by accentuating your arms and legs with accent colors that stand out on film (read as: not black)
  • Do wear something fire safe and don’t use synthetics when working with fire so as to avoid any unnecessary moments where you accidentally are thrown off by a costume malfunction caused by melting
  • Do test your costume in advance and make sure you will avoid costume malfunctions, such as snaps or zippers popping open and accidentally revealing things you don’t want seen
  • Don’t look like everyone else out there and wear the same costume “the other guys” have
  • Do express yourself uniquely through the clothing you wear, including how you arrive at the venue. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so impress them with your look that is a head to toe masterpiece worthy of you.
  • Do pick a color theme that is something other than all black or black and red (which are the two most common color themes I’ve seen used for fire costumes in the last dozen years)
  • Do continue to evolve your costume wardrobe as you evolve as an artist. Certainly it’s nice to come back to your favorite costumes and, at the same time, keeping your costumes fresh just like you would your skill set helps keep you at the top of your game as a performer
  • Do bring safety pins because they help with the accidental costume issues that sometimes just arise when you’re going to a performance. A travel needle and thread won’t hurt either, though you shouldn’t need either of these if you tested your costume as suggested above.

GlitterGirl is a full time flow instructor and performer since 2002 when she established Temple of Poi. If you’re looking for clothing ideas or a one-of-a-kind couture clothing commission, contact GlitterGirl for a consultation. GlitterGirl <at> TempleOfPoi <daught> com. 

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