Custom Costumes


When you’re on stage, you’ve only got a short window — often only a few minutes — to tell your story and get noticed. Your costume needs to be the perfect balance of simplicity and flair; it needs to be bold, intricate, and — above all — fabulous. 
You’ve got the moves and have spent months perfecting your routine. It’s your moment in the spotlight and your costume can make or break how you feel on the night. 
Will it pop on stage? Will you be able to move freely? Will it win Best Costume? 

That’s where Stellar Stage Apparel comes in. 
Let me take the worry out of your costume. My garments will move with ​your ​ body so you can focus on strutting your stuff on stage and reveling in the exhilaration of being under those lights. 

About Stellar Stage Apparel custom costumes


8-12 weeks is out from when you want your costume for is the best lead time to give when ordering.


Custom costumes are designed to your specifications and made to fit you! Every costume is unique

and hand crafted from start to finish. 


Custom orders are priced from $550 NZD (about $370 USD).  This increases depending on the

complexity and amount of embellishment in your design. You have final sign off on the design so your

sketch can be simplified to accommodate your budget if needed. The initial deposit is $150 NZD to have

your design sketch done and a further $150 NZD for construction to begin on your costume.


We ship internationally and shipping is always free. Each costume comes with its own complementary

Stellar Stage Apparel storage bag and is beautifully wrapped in tissue and gift box. 


The process - what to expect when you order a custom Stellar costume!


  1. Check availability 


Email an enquiry to to confirm I have availability for a new commission. The more lead time you give the more likely I am to be able to fit you in! A good amount of time to aim for is 8-12 weeks out from when you need it but I can do it in a shorter period of time if needed. Sometimes there will be a rush fee but that is something I will discuss with you prior.


I prefer to send costumes three to four weeks prior to the date you need it for however this can be shortened depending on your timeframe. 


2. Design brief


Once availability is confirmed, I’ll send you a form to complete with the info I need to know for your design and to confirm your send date (three to four weeks out from the date you want to receive it for). I’ll also send through an initial deposit invoice for $150 NZD. Once I have received your brief and deposit I can start designing your costume.  


3. Sketch


I usually have the sketch emailed to you within a week of the deposit being received. I write notes with the sketch to explain the different features and sometimes I will include a picture of a fabric or embellishment to help illustrate the vision. From there you can give feedback and request revisions if needed. Usually one or two small revisions are made. I’ll let you know how much the costume will cost during this process so we can tweak things to fit a budget if needed. 


Once you are happy with the design it’s time to send your measurements!


4. Measurements


I’ll send you an individualised form with all the measurements I need for your costume listed with photos and description of how to take them. I’ll also send you an invoice for your second $150 NZD instalment.  I usually like the measurements to be submitted within a week of receiving the form.


5. Construction 


Once your measurements and second deposit are received I can start work on your costume. This is the part where you kick back and relax while I get to work! 


If you decide you want a design change I will do my best to accommodate this. There may be an extra charge depending on what the change involves. 


6. Completion! 


 If I finish your costume before the send date I'll let you know in case you want it sooner otherwise I’ll be in touch a few days before your send date to confirm your final payment is made before sending and check shipping details.  


Some people like to see a photo oce their costume is done, some people like to keep it a surprise! You can let me know what you prefer at this stage. 


7. Shipping 


Shipping is always complementary custom costumes. For international I send using DHL or FedEx economy + tracking which is about 10 working days unless we have discussed a rush fee and then your parcel will be sent on express. For shipping within New Zealand I use Courier Post which is 1-2 working days and also trackred. 


You will be sent your tracking details and confirmation it has been sent.