Black Ice Bikinis started in 2015 whilst prepping for my first show in Body Fitness. Having purchased a second hand bikini off a competitor for £280 I had noticed the quality and construction was poor. Shortly after as my prep continued I was moved to a new class – just 5 weeks out! Frustratingly, this lead to needing a different bikini all together, and I wasn’t prepared to part ways with more money. So, being a fashion graduate with years of experience in menswear & bridal alterations I decided to have a go at making my own – and Black Ice Bikinis came to life.
founder of Black Ice Bikinis
“All our garments are handmade”
All our garments are handmade and sewn by either our seamstress or myself. To begin, we ask for your key measurements, offering guidance on bikini shape and style. We do this to tailor the bikini to your physique and chosen federation. Once we have all the styling details drawn out and measurements taken we cut out the pattern onto your chosen fabric and sew it to the bikini bra.
For the bottoms we take an additional measurement closer to your competition deadline. It’s amazing how much the body changes in the last few weeks of prep. Once we have this the bottoms are sewn and prepped for decorating. Placing each crystal on one by one, following your design, we carefully construct your bikini by by hand.
Designing your Bikini
After your measurements have been taken and fabric chosen you’re able to select a bikini grade, from level 1 to 4. Each level denoting the percentage coverage of crystals. Once a coverage level is chosen you next select your grade of crystals. We offer two different ranges of stunning crystals; Czech Glass and Swarovski. Both glisten beautifully on stage, but for those who are budget conscious and or first timers the Czech glass is more than impactful.
LEVEL 1 – 25% Crystals
LEVEL 2 – 50% Crystals
LEVEL 3 – 75% Crystals
LEVEL 4 – 100% Crystals
Czech Crystals are manmade lead glass crystals and come from manufactures based out of the Czech Republic.They are are cheaper than Swarovski crystals. Swarovski has the advantage that no one can cut crystal as well as they can, giving them an iconic sparkle.
Authentic Swarovski crystals are made only in Austria and are considered the best in the world because of a higher lead content and the highest quality precision cutting machine. Swarovski crystals refract even more light improving there fire and sparkle.
Place your order – 10 Weeks Out
To ensure you receive your bikini in time you must first order at least 8 to 10 weeks out from your show. When you order your bikini we discuss fabric, coverage, design preferences and crystals. And of course we will be needing those much needed measurements.
2nd Measurements – 4 Weeks Out
As your body transforms so quickly in the last 8 weeks leading up to your show we always insist on taking a second set of measurements. These are just as critical as your first set as they help us tailor your bikini to fit you as you’ve changed.
Quality Checked & Shipped – 2 Weeks Out
From start to finish it typically takes us 6 weeks to design and make your bikini. At 2 weeks out we’ve now finished and must perform quality checks to ensure there are no problems with your bikini. Once it has passed, as they all do, we ship it to you directly.
Show Day – 0 Weeks Out
It’s the day of your show and we know how stressful it can be. It’s for this reason we pack each and every bikini with extra crystals, sliders and hooks in case anything goes wrong. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered.