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quotesShadia makes you look amazing. I get the most compliments when I wear my Shadias. Other dancers even ask me for 'first dibs' if I decide to sell them. She knows how to flatter any body, and will guide you to the styles that suit your silhouette and coloring. She also knows how to accommodate a large bust. My commercial costumes pull on my neck, but my Shadias are comfortable, supportive and secure.

Shadia has an incredible eye for design. Whether you bring her a vague concept or a specific idea, the final costume comes out more beautiful than you imagined. And you won't look like anyone else. Instead of slapping some beadwork onto standard designs, Shadia uses special materials and carefully-composed design elements to create a unique look just for you.

Nadira Jamal, Boston, MA

Meet Shadia

Shadia (Christine Mirson-Tohme) has designed costumes for the stage since the early 1970s. Using the skills and experiences she gained as a professional dancer, Shadia knows what it takes to make a dancer look fabulous!


Shadia studied pattern drafting, garment construction, tailoring, and, of particular note, costuming for the stage at the New England School of Art and Design. She worked at Monet Haute Couturier as an apprentice beader, a position that would prove incredibly useful in her future career as a costume designer.

Couture for Middle Eastern and Folk Dance

In 1975 Shadia began creating couture, one-of-a-kind costumes for Middle Eastern cabaret and folk dancers. Her talent for creating glamorous and flattering designs quickly earned her a devoted international client base. It includes the prominent dancers Nourhan Sharif, Dalia Carella, Azziza Salem of Chicago, Katia of Boston, Nadirah Johara of Texas, Tina Enheduanna of California, Najmat of Boston, and Aurel of Ancient Arts Studios in Massachusetts.

Costuming for Dance Productions

In addition to designing for individuals, Shadia has also worked extensively with troupes and large productions. She spent six years as the costume designer and wardrobe mistress for the Tony Williams Dance Center's Urban Nutcracker, working closely with the set and costume designer Rebecca Cross of Washington, D.C.

Shadia's designs have been featured in productions at the New England Aquarium and by troupes such as Baalbeck Folklorique, the Cedars Troupe, and Rakset Jabaliye.

Ballroom, Flamenco, Wedding

Shadia has expanded her offerings to include costumes for ballroom, flamenco, beading for wedding gowns, and various cultural dances. Shadia's designs are often available at Great Eastern Trading Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

To commission an original couture costume, please e-mail Shadia at

quotesShadia is one of the finest belly dance costume makers in the U.S.; a dancer herself, she understands the importance of a well-made costume! She will not only create an attractive, unique design but will also enhance the dancer's body to make the final look most appealing!

Shadia creates belly dance costumes that are comfortable, secure and feminine. Always original! Shadia is a treasure!

Nourhan Sharif, NYC

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Urban Nutcracker costumes

quotesShadia as a dance instuctor has inspired and taught me amazing choreographies and continues to inspire me to work hard, study with master teachers and encourages me to create my own style.

She made my first gorgeous, professional costumes and many years later, I still go to her for costuming! Her costume work is beautiful, one of a kind and built to last. She is a true gem to the community.

Chantal , Cape Cod, MA