'Dancing With the Stars' costumes get played by ear on a weekly basis

We watch "Dancing With the Stars" for new routines and possible missteps and for those creations of sequins, fluff, silk and spandex.Roughly 700 new costumes are made each season, taking into account every costume change for backup dancers as well as the contestants, say Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Norman Lee, the show's designing team."We don't get to prep much ahead, and it depends on their songs," Gschwendtner tells Zap2it."We shop fresh every week because you never know what you are going to get," Lee says.They listen to the dancers' plans. Then, as the pro and the celeb work on choreography, Gschwendtner, Lee and their staff sketch, shop and sew."A lot of it is considering their song," Lee says. "If it is a fun, edgy song, then we can do that, or if it is a classic tribute to someone's daughter, we follow the song and music, or if it is a gimmick, we go with...



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