Who is Randall Christensen?
Winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program (Dancing with the Stars) and four-time nominee for the Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Contemporary Television Series (Dancing with the Stars), South Carolina-born costume designer Randall Christensen entrances performers and audiences alike around the world with his transformative and iconographic dance and skate costumes and has been proclaimed ‘the next Bob Mackie’ by designer Bob Mackie himself.
In addition to designing his award-winning creations for ABC/BBC’s runaway hit Dancing with the Stars for eleven seasons, Christensen’s stunning gowns can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). Mr. Christensen’s work can also be seen in the films Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas (2006), Dance with Me (1998) with Vanessa Williams, and on television in 20th Century Fox’s award-winning So You Think You Can Dance and TLC Network’s Ballroom Bootcamp.
Christensen has also created costumes for Crystal Cruises and Princess Cruises. In 2008, Christensen designed Broadway Ballroom, a lavish, multi-million dollar show created as the opening attraction for the launch of Princess Cruises' new ship Ruby Princess. Broadway Ballroom, designed completely by Christensen and showcasing over a hundred astounding costumes, is a favorite production of Princess Cruises and continues to dazzle audiences nightly on the high seas.
Much in demand the world over for his ballroom dance costumes, Christensen is also the designer of choice for the world’s top competitive ice skaters. Christensen’s exquisite designs for Olympic champions Charlie White and Meryl Davies during the 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi received global notice and praise when White and Davis became the first Americans to win the Olympic gold medal for ice dancing.
Christensen is sought out not only for his creations, but also for his charismatic public presence as guide and expert in the broader world of design, making national television appearances on talk shows as a special guest and serving as a judge on on-air adjudication panels for reality competition shows. Christensen has been interviewed extensively on television and in many of the major national periodical and news publications, and his work is featured regularly across all current media platforms the world over.
Christensen’s company, Randall Designs, has been a leader in the competitive dance and skate costume industry since 1986 and is based in Phoenix, AZ where Christensen resides with his husband, opera singer Aaron Ball, and his dogs Arthur and Sabine.