Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu's Costumes on Dancing with the Stars
WEEK 11: Fusion of Foxtrot and Cha-Cha
“The Cha-Cha is fast-paced with some fun hip action, and I wanted my dress to echo those movements,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. The frosted fringe and thin belt that accentuated the dancer’s frame not only complemented their upbeat song, but also reflected the party-pandemonium that was finale night.
WEEK 11: Freestyle
“The hats, the shoes, the socks, the shiny jacket, even the tape around his fingers—people know who that represented,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. “We wanted the audience to feel the energy of what we were trying to recreate.”
Week 10: Tango
Week 10: Rumba
WEEK 9: SLOW WALTZ
“It was designed to represent a spirit that comes back to visit a man who is mourning the loss of his love,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. “I wanted the costume to look romantic, elegant, and ethereal.” The dancer’s dress was minimalist, with just a lariat necklace adorning her plunging neckline. “It’s the true definition of ‘less is more,’” she said.
WEEK 8: TANGO
For their attire, Bleu and Smirnoff incorporated modern detailing to fit the burlesque theme. Bleu was clad in black pants and a white button-down shirt. Smirnoff took to a fitted, midnight blue body suit with nude paneling, sheer thigh-highs, and black lace-up booties for their dance. “I wanted to pay homage to the feel of the song,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. “It’s a modern Moulin Rouge take on the Tango.”
Week 7: Cha-Cha
Bleu wore a royal blue button-down shirt with yellow suspenders to complement Smirnoff’s bright fringe number. To achieve comfort and mobility in her costume, the dancer incorporated ostrich feathers for an even airier feel. She also added rhinestones to create a spark during the couple’s performance. “I wanted the costume to symbolize a ray of sunshine,” she told us. “And I think we nailed it.”
Week 6: Viennese Waltz
“We wanted to stay true to the show’s characters with our performance and costumes,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. Bleu wore a long braid, black eyeliner, and faux tattoos to channel his inner barbarian, while Smirnoff donned a beige silk skirt with a gold rubber bodice.
Week 5: Foxtrot
“We wanted to recreate a dreamy, romantic, magical dance—like a fairy tale,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively, citing the ever-popular classic Beauty and the Beast. Bleu wore a black tailcoat tuxedo with a blush pink ascot tie, and Smirnoff donned a sweetheart dress, a vibrant rhinestone belt, and a delicate bridal-inspired tiara.
Week 4: Paso Doble
Bleu wore an embellished red-and-gold vest and black pants (he completed their performance sans vest!), while Smirnoff was clad in a bright red couture-inspired gown. “I wanted this week’s costume to be feminine, elegant, and exquisite,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively.“I wanted to go with red to portray the passion of the dance.”
Week 3: Quickstep
Smirnoff was inspired by 1950s culture, and hoped to incorporate the distinctive glamour from Hollywood’s golden era to their routine and costumes. “I immediately thought of L.A. Confidential’s Kim Basinger meets Veronica Lane or Lana Turner,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. “There’s a soft, romantic, sophisticated feel with a touch of sassiness.”
Week 2: Jive
Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu pulled off an A+-worthy performance, proving once again that Dancing with The Stars is very much back in session. The dancing duo jived to One Direction’s mega-hit “Kiss You,” while donning high school-inspired costumes, a theme Smirnoff immediately thought of for their performance.
Week 1: Contemporary
“I didn’t want to take the focus away from the messages in the song and the dance—no distractions,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com exclusively. “It is a sensual song, which only required a little skin and some flowy fabric at the ends. Simplicity does speak volumes.”