The best 'Dancing with the Stars' costumes of the past 10 years

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The best 'Dancing with the Stars' costumes of the past 10 years

Emma Slater: Season 19 Switch-Up Week

"It was a colorful Rasta mambo costume. The skirt and middle section were made entirely out of earrings and necklaces, which made it so heavy! I was away all week rehearsing in another city, so I basically told Daniela [Gschwendtner], the DWTS costume designer, that I'd wear whatever she put me in because she knows what I like. I even had dreads in my hair, which added to my fun level!"


Emma Slater: Season 17 Viennese Waltz

"My other choice for my favorite costume is my Viennese waltz costume for my dance with Bill Engvall. I asked Daniela for a sheer shirt with lace detail so you could see the bodice of the dress. I wanted it dreamy but not wedding-like, so we chose an eggshell blue color. When I tried it on for the first time, I was in total awe! It was my dream dress, and Daniela obviously did a fantastic job. Since then I have noticed many more sheer ballroom dresses on DWTS."


Witney Carson: Season 19 Freestyle Dance

"One of my favorite costumes was the one I wore during my freestyle to "Sing, Sing, Sing." I wanted to create something that stayed true to the era and theme of the routine but was also modern and cool. I picked the white jacket with black accents to keep it classy and timeless."


Sharna Burgess: Season 16 Jazz Number

"My favorite costume on DWTS is without a doubt the "Poker Face" jazz number when Andy Dick was the Mad Hatter and I was the Queen of Hearts. Everything came together so beautifully that week, right down to the tiny details! I love how our costumes were a little deconstructed, which really added to the twisted nature of the dance. The moment when Andy stuck his head through my skirt is what totally made the routine."

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Kym Johnson: Season 3 Samba

"It was movie theme week, and Jerry [Springer] wasn't too happy with his frilly shirt or that I made him get a spray tan to get more into the spirit of the samba! My dress was showgirl-inspired."

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Kym Johnson: Season 13 Pasodoble

"It was inspired by Raquel Welch in the movie One Million Years B.C. David loved being Indiana Jones and loved swinging in to save the 'damsel in distress'!"


Allison Holker: Season 19 Jive

"This dress was the first costume I ever wore competing on DWTS, so it holds a lot of significance to me. I will never forget putting that costume on and knowing that this moment would change my life forever. It was bright, playful, and full of life."


DWTS costume designers, Daniela Gschwendtner and Steven Lee: Season 19 Trio Dance

"Janel's outfit was made completely out of jewelry, and the boys looked stunning in this performance!"—Daniela "Even though the boys were shirtless—which is always encouraged—there were a lot of layers crafted from tribal beads and necklaces, long leather strips, and fabrics. I had Zanerobe jogger pants dyed brown to match the vibe, but keep things looking modern." —Steven

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Daniela Gschwendtner and Steven Lee: Val Chmerkovskiy and Danica McKellar, Season 18 Disney Night

"The plate costumes for the backup girls were a real challenge—we were proud that they came out so well. The whole performance was one of our best ever!" —Daniela

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Daniela Gschwendtner and Steven Lee: Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson, Season 19 Trio Dance

"Mark was in a custom-made tail suit with white-and-black two-tone shoes, which isn't usually common but gave him his signature look. We had the bow tie and pocket square custom made in black and white to mirror his shoes." —Steven "Sadie's foxtrot dress in the trio number is the dress with the most stones in the history of DWTS! It had over 24,000 stones." —Daniela


Daniela Gschwendtner and Steven Lee: Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson, Season 19 Superstyle Freestyle

"What was challenging about dressing Mark as Mario and his extra dancer as Luigi was the many factors that had to be thought out: It had to represent the video game while staying true to DWTS and also have a slight fashion edge to it. I found Topman white-and-black houndstooth pattern dress shirts that reminded me of the pixels from the video game. I dyed one red for Mario and a green one for Luigi. Next, I bought blue overalls and added matching Converse hightop sneakers. I found the perfect caps from Goorin and covered them in the dyed shirt fabrics, and, of course, to give it the DWTS twist, I added rhinestones!" —Steven "The princess costume was fun to interpret because we wanted to make a younger and funkier version of the costume in the game. Secret: We had to make the crown out of fabric because a real one was too heavy for dancing." —Daniela


Daniela Gschwendtner and Steven Lee: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, Season 19 Argentine Tango

"Alfonso's jacket was unique because it was layered with six different fabrics—a mix of metallics, brocades, antique sequined textured fabrics, and a variety of trims. Mixing the fabrics gave it depth and texture that couldn't have been accomplished with a patterned fabric." —Steven

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By Jessica Radloff

Creating costumes for more than 200 celebrities is no easy task-especially when they need to survive every possible wardrobe malfunction-but that's just what the Dancing With the Stars designers have been doing since 2005. To honor the show's 20th season (and 10th anniversary!), we asked some of your favorite dance pros and the DWTS costume designers to choose their most memorable styles to date. Turning 10 never looked so glamorous. And sparkly-did we mention sparkly?

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