Sparkling into Winter

’Tis the Season to Sparkle, Glitter and Glow!

Pull your loved ones close, fill your cup of cheer, and let’s toast the season!  In Virginia it’s finally hot chocolate and mitten weather!

Bring your snow bunny for a romantic heartwarming getaway in the foothills of the snow kissed Blue Ridge Mountains at The Inn at Little Washington; pulling a chair next to your hearth and tossing another log on the fire.  Catch a few flakes on your tongue as you ski down the slopes into the Shenandoah Valley at the Wintergreen or Massanutten Resorts.  For something different try snowboarding or catch a tube downhill!  Get polished and wrapped while you slip into absolute bliss at the Homestead in Hot Springs amidst Virginias Allegheny Mountains.



If you are more classic and traditional with your winter activities then skate on over to the famous outdoor Sculpture Garden ice rink at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, or if you are more trendy and chic try the newer outdoor ice rink at the Georgetown Waterfront Washington Harbor.  Approximately 10 minutes from our Dress Studio you will find the expansive indoor Fairfax Ice Arena home to Olympic figure skater, and soon to be Hall of Famer, Michael Weiss.  Julie had the pleasure of knowing Michael and his wife Lisa on the hardwood–not the ice.  We welcomed Olympic Silver Medalist, Nancy Kerrigan to our new 5,200-square foot outdoor ice skating rink at the Tysons Corner Center; christening it with a beautiful performance.  If you are a sports fan, there is nothing quite like attending a Washington Caps professional ice hockey game at the Verizon Center in China Town, Washington DC.  The energy of the Caps fans will electrify you!



Ring the bell and blow your horn, it’s a new year!!!  This is the perfect time to explore the fabulous cocktail lounges in Virginia.  We boast some of the best mixologists who are sure to find something that will quench your thirst!  Pull up a chair, it’s cocktail time.



The winter months of December, January, and February, coat the ground with a dusting of sparkling snow and ice perfect for any number of indoor or outdoor activities in Virginia. Book your winter getaway today!  We look forward to helping you sparkle and glitter while you glow this season.

 Schedule an appointment at our Northern Virginia Studio:  Visit Encore!

Dancing with the Stars

Congratulations to Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold for wining season 25 of Dancing with the Stars!!! The past three seasons, the designers and cast proved that thinking outside of the box for costuming was a no-brainer. The creative way they marry mainstream fashion with pop culture, music and choreography appeals to viewers of all ages.  Big kudos as always go out to the choreographers, set designers, lighting crew, and costume designers!  We love network television giving our style of dance the biggest spotlight it could–prime time! We can’t wait for 2018 when ABC debuts Dancing with the Stars Juniors, and the mini Dancing with the Stars spring edition!!   We will be watching, hope you will too!!








Encore Ballroom Couture is excited to announce our EXCLUSIVE affiliation with Randall Designs.  We are working with them to bring you these distinct Randall Christensen ballroom fashions, designed specifically for ABC’s “Hit” TV Series Dancing with the Stars. Randall was presented with a Primetime Emmy ® award for costume design for his stunning creations!

All of these dresses retain their original integrity and are authentic Dancing with the Stars show pieces. This is the FINAL remaining collection of Dancing with the Stars costumes.  Each one holds a unique place in television history. This is the last opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind memento from your favorite show!!

We are presenting the Dancing with the Stars collection in an auction format!  The dresses are listed with the minimum bid acceptable.  There is a make an offer button beside each dress.  We will review the bids at the end of each week.  It is recommended that you submit your best offer– the dress will be awarded to the highest bidder!!  These are the remaining dresses from the original collection.  It is an opportunity for you to own a part of television history!

Designer, Randall Christensen with Entertainer, Donnie Osmond, Ballroom Dancer, Kym Johnson Herjavec, Television Personality, Kelly Osbourne, and Singer, Mya

Check out our Dancing with the Stars collection today!!!  Shop Now

Hairpins to Hemlines

If you are a lady who follows mainstream trends or high-end runway fashion–it is now a little easier for you to make your dance wardrobe selections! Our fabulous new Fashion Correspondent Emma Francois helps point you in the right direction when it comes to marrying mainstream fashion with ballroom dress selection. She will explain the trends of the current season and provide examples of ballroom dresses from our inventory that you can rent or purchase while staying on trend! She takes all the guess work out and keeps you fabulous and fitting in while you are standing out!   HAIRPINS TO HEMLINES


Winter 17|18 Trend Report


Coming Soon!



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2018 Pantone Color of the Year...

The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838). Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute describes this year’s color selection as “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galazy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” For more information on the 2018 color’s of the year, visit:


Encore is excited to announce the success of one of our favorite Dress Department interns.  She came to us with a theatrical background looking to broaden her scope in costume design and refurbishment.  We have recently learned she has been hired as a member of the traveling wardrobe department for Disney’s, The Lion King. Wishing her much success and feel her training here at Encore was invaluable!

Simply Swarovski

Sparkle on Stage…with Swarovski

Swarovski remains the leader of cut crystal, and our industry would not be the same without it!





Swarovski Fall/Winter 17|18 Crystal Collection