'Toddlers & Tiaras' glitz dress breakdown: 'Age 4 and up is when you start to need more of the bling-bling'


The "glitz" dresses that contestants wear on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras" can cost as much as a wedding gown and range from $400 to $10,000 depending on age, according to Annette Hill, director of Universal Royalty, one of the beauty pageants featured on the show.But unlike a wedding dress, they are worn again and again."You want to wear your dress as much as you possibly can, especially because you outgrow it," Hill tells Zap2it. "Then you sell them in a pageant community type of place to sell dresses that are very admired and needed."RELATED: 'Toddlers & Tiaras': The best quotes everWhat makes glitz dresses so expensive are the custom design and all the tiny details intended to make them shine or glitter onstage."Glitz dresses are over the top with rhinestones and sequins and ruffles," Hill says. "Those types of dresses are time-consuming to make just like ballroom dancing dresses."A standard competition wardrobe also includes an...



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