Headdess Design


A showy headdress is often the most eye-catching part of a performer’s costume. 


While a spectacular headdress can’t make up for a lackluster costume, a stunning headdress can make a good costume great.

Because of the many types of headdress designs in keeping with tribal fusion belly dance, a way to begin deciding which one would be right for your performance is to consider the style of dance you would like to stage. 

These styles may include Javanese Fusion, Dark Fusion, Hula Fusion, Odissi Fusion, Tunisian Fusion, Nouveau Fusion, Yogini Fusion, or Temple Dance Fusion.


Determining the style of dance establishes the initial parameters of the costume’s overall design.

The name of a choreography, such as “Nocturnal,”

“Court of the Red Snake Queen,” “Aquarius,” “Bones and Sinew,” or “Jaguar,” begins to refine the piece’s

thematic considerations and plays a fundamental role

in determining the most impactful headdress.


Vigorous dances that include backbends or floor-work require a different type of headdress than one suitable for a more statuesque or subdued choreography.


Gyrations around the stage can cause a headdress malfunction that undermines an otherwise flawless performance, so it’s important to know what will

work in various situations.



In HEADDRESS DESIGN, Moria will show you how to create a gorgeous headdress that is dynamic, practical, usable, and cost effective—a headdress that can be made from ordinary materials to make something extraordinary.

Whether your vision is a diadem of flowers and feathers, or a tiara of eye-catching sparkle, Moria will show you what to do and explain why so that you can successfully create your own crowning glory.

Photographers:  Moria Chappell, Serge Feeleenger,

Jeanie Lewis, Andre Elbing, Carrie Meyer, Debojyoti Dhar, Dahna Koth, Scott Belding, The Dancer's Eye, Cherry Li







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