Custom Oriental Dance Costumes, Alterations and Refurbishing
Costume Construction Workshops
Oriental Fusion Dance Classes
Oriental Fusion, Bollywood Fusion and American Cabaret Artist
"I was lucky to participate in the online costume bra building class. I have a solid sewing background and have taken online costuming classes before.
Rukshana is a standout and phenomenal teacher with a wealth of knowledge and patience. She can anticipate your questions with the process and explain techniques in a multitude of ways. This is essential because everyone learns so differently. She does not have a "one size fits all cookie-cutter approach." She suggested strap configurations based on my body structure that would be more comfortable and supportive than what I currently have.
I appreciate her professionalism, warmth, and guidance. She has a very unique background which puts her in the Master Teacher category solidly. Rukshana is very generous with her knowledge and time. I hope to take more classes with her in the future. I still can’t believe how much new information I picked up in just a few hours.
I would highly recommend her classes. My only regret is that I wasn't able to take one in person. "
- Lyla Raqs, Maine
"I love working with Gail! She is attentive to details, tells you what is possible with your ideas, and stays in communication about your project. It is a collaboration from start to finish. I really appreciate all the years of education behind her and what she knows because I KNOW that I will come out with a fantastic product. She holds herself to a high standard, which is rare, and because of this, her workmanship, work ethic, and professionalism are nothing short of extraordinary. I would, hands down, refer Gail to anyone needing any kind of costuming, alterations, and full production needs."
"I have worked with Rukshana in business and as a client of her beautiful costumes. I'm amazed at the depth of her talent! She only needs to look at something and she can make it better than the original. Her ready to wear line is so comfortable and functional; it allows you to get a full range of motion in your dance. If it hadn't been for Rukshana designing my costume for Wiggles of the West I don't think I would have won! I received very high marks for costuming and several judges wanted my costume!"
"Gail has always been my go-to person for sturdy, well made costumes that will withstand the wear and tear of regular performances. The construction of her costumes is excellent; I often consult with her on garment structure and durability. Gail never fails to find beautiful, high quality fabrics and her attention to detail and pattern placement is phenomenal. With an eye for flattering lines and shapes, she is creative in her solutions to meet my specific costuming needs."
"Rukshana is my main go-to person for all things costuming. As a long time client of hers, I've gone to her for everything from built-from-a-sketch new costume bases to altering used costumes bought from Facebook or Ebay. She has an amazing eye for fit and attention to detail that makes her a standout from the costuming crowd. I always know that if she makes something for me, it will fit fabulously! I cannot recommend her enough!"
-- Sasha Raks Maloney, Phoenix, AZ
"So you have decided to take a class from Gail? Here is what you are getting; A teacher with a MFA in scenography with a costume focus, an experienced instructor, award winning designer and a working theatre technician. You have costuming ideas you are not sure how to execute? Problems with fit? Need to make a pattern? Gail addresses these things in her classes. You can also schedule a study hall or private lesson for extra help on a project if you need it.
I needed to make a bra that looked like metal with some swirled designs and a skirt out of faux leather. Gail tutored me through this process on line. It turned out nice for someone that has not done anything like this before.
Don't have time or would rather leave your costuming up to the professionals? Gail can evaluate your body type and build you something that looks good on you. Your favorite costume falling apart? Gail can rebuild it. Gail wont disappoint."
"Words do not suffice on the talent Gail has. Not only is Gail honest when it comes to a costume's fit, but is also upfront on why things cost the amount they cost. She has made me several costumes, fixed a bunch more, and even designed a few. She can do anything from simple hemming to complex show-stoppers. I always appreciate that she takes my measurements before new commissions since my weight fluctuates, and she is willing to listen when I have questions. I have known her for years and I keep going back because of her talent, truthfulness, and overall love she puts into her work."
"I purchased my first Bella on Bhuz, and it was an older design. It was a beautiful color and had the signature stunning Bella beadwork, but the sports-bra-cum-vest shape of the bra was a bit clumsy and overwhelmed my small frame. After removing some extra fringe and the mini-sleeves myself I still wasn't satisfied and even considered selling it. When a potential buyer suggested a major overhaul I decided to entrust the tricky task to Rukshana, otherwise known as the Costume Goddess of Phoenix. The results were fabulous!!! She kept the gorgeous integrity of the costume and streamlined it so that it now looks more contemporary and much more flattering to my shape. It was more than worth the very reasonable fee she charged for what must have been a lot of work. Plus Rukshana was wonderful to work with - she really listened, really heard exactly what I was trying to accomplish and had the formidable skills required to achieve it. I'd trust her with any costume, any time! Thanks Rukshana!!!!"
"Rukshana is not only an efficient designer, but versatile and creative. I have worked with her in theatre and in dancing and am always amazed at what she can do with a bit of fabric! She also knows what looks good on her clients and aims for a perfect blend of her own vision and what flatters the client."