Welcome to the Costume Lounge by Angela King Designs

Sit back and relax in The Costume Lounge - a blog by Angela King Designs and Go Wild! Wear. Since 1989, AKD has been creating top fashions in cheerleading, dance and performance wear. In the Costume Lounge, we discuss today's hottest trends and topics, who's wearing what, how to get the competitive edge in performance fashion and more. Once you are caught up on the latest news, browse our fashions at www.gowildwear.com or drop us a line at sales@gowildwear.com. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Presenting the 2014 Face of AKD

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 AKD Sports Model Search! 

Join us on Facebook for more photos to be posted soon and to follow the 2014 Face of AKD throughout the year.

Monday, March 17, 2014

30 Finalists Announced in Face of AKD!

The judges have selected 30 contestants to advance to the video introduction round of the 2014 AKD Sports Model Search! One woman will be selected as the 2014 Face of AKD! Congratulations again to all of the contestants. Check back for video releases on March 21! 

Alexandra F
Alyssa D
Antonia N
April F
Ashley A
Ashley H
Ashley T
Brianna B
Cindy N
Danica O
Danielle C
Danielle W
Desiree C
Heather K
Jacqueline H
Jessica S
Jozie L
Katie B
Kristena W
Liz H
LonRai J
Madison D
Mariel L
Meghan B
Michelle S
Natalie C
Natalie S
Rebecca S
Toni G
Wendy Z

Monday, March 10, 2014

Announcing the Top 60 Semi-Finalists

Over 6,500 votes were cast, and YOU selected the top 60 semi-finalists vying to become the 2014 Face of AKD! These young ladies will now go on to be reviewed by the celebrity judging panel. Check back next week when we announce the Top 30 Finalists in the 2014 AKD Sports Model Search! 

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Semifinalists in alphabetical order, followed by number of votes received: 
Alanna P 66
Alexandra F 66
Alixandra B 76
Alyssa D 130
Amber M 259
Andrea G 235
Antonia N 142
April F 56
Ashleen B 47
Ashley A 64
Ashley G 97
Ashley H 178
Ashley T 63
Brianna B 161
Brittany O 47
Caitlin B 181
Callie C 67
Catelyn G 192
Chelsea B 71
Christina D 162
Cindy N 205
Claire M 325
Danica O 96
Danielle C 97
Danielle W 143
Desiree C 108
Felicia K 202
Gabrielle D 196
Heather F 48
Heather K 185
Jacqueline H 121
Jennifer M 81
Jessica F 90
Jessica S 134
Jozie L 226
Julia P 151
Kate M 80
Katie B 91
Kristena W 567 (Top vote recipient!)
Lauren P 122
Liz H 66
LonRai J 99
Madison D 150
Mariel L 105
Meghan B 89
Michelle C 92
Michelle S 118
Natalie B 182
Natalie C 54
Natalie S 103
Nicole G 59
Rebecca S 71
Samantha R 186
Sarah S 110
Shayna P 115
Sloane A 315
Stephanie E 84
Tayloranne S 127
Toni G 284
Vanessa F 56
Wendy Z 296

Monday, March 3, 2014

Vote Now for the 2014 Face of AKD!

Over 100 applicants are vying to become the 2014 Face of AKD! Vote between March 3-7 to send 60 semifinalists to the judging round! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Enter to Become the 2014 Face of AKD

Are you a current or former performer for a college, semi-pro or professional team? Do you have charisma and love to be in front of the camera? Are you ready to represent the most recognized brand in professional cheerleading and dance attire?

Apply now to become the 2014 Face of AKD and follow in the footsteps of 2012 winner Toni Damico of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and 2013 winner Alexa Kobylarz of the Brooklynettes and the New Orleans Hornets "Honeybees." The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Texas to appear in the official AKD photo shoot, headlining Gowildwear.com and Facebook marketing throughout 2014. 

What else?!? The winner's most recent team will WIN FREE PRACTICE ATTIRE for the entire team for the 2014 season.

Enter before February 27 at www.akdmodelsearch.com.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spotlight on Style Pro Jenise Fitzpatrick

Angela with Jenise at Gold Rush 50th Reunion
Phone: 1-877-97-GO-AKD x714
Email: jenise@gowildwear.com
Location: Ripon, California
Territory: Alaska, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon, Washington


  • San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader 1995-2000 
  • E2k events, Associate Producer, 2000-2001 
  • San Jose State University, Head Cheer & Dance Coach, 2000-2004 
  • NFL Mexico Pro Cheerleader Tours Director, 2000-2002
  • University of the Pacific, Dance Team Coach, 2004-2008
  • San Jose Sabercats Cheerleader, 2003-2004 
  • E2k Sports Game Day Entertainment for the San Francisco 49ers, 2001-present 
  • ESPN East West Shrine Game Halftime Show, Assistant Choreographer, 2001-2002
  • San Jose State University, BA in Child Development
  • Stanislaus State University, Teaching credentials in Special Education and General Education
  • Special Education Teacher, 2001-2007

Jenise joins our team located in sunny Northern California. Jenise first wore an AKD uniform as a Cheerleader for the 49ers Gold Rush. While cheering with the 49ers, Jenise attended two American bowls in Japan and Vancouver, entertained U.S. troops in Bosnia, Hungary and Croatia, and toured with NFL Mexico. Jenise later returned as a pro cheer performer for the San Jose Sabercats.

Jenise continued to excel within the cheerleading and dance industry as a director for collegiate teams and working within E2K Entertainment, producing and choreographing for multiple teams, tours and events. 

Recently, Jenise returned to San Francisco to perform with the Gold Rush 30th Anniversary at Candlestick Park, alongside our very own Angela King-Twitero. The experience reminded Jenise of the friendships made on that field, and the true honor of cheering within the National Football League. 

Today Jenise enjoys being a wife and a mother of three children. Jenise looks forward to showing teams and directors the exceptional quality and customer service available with Angela King Designs.    

Spotlight on Style Pro Tessa Caccavallo

Phone: 1-877-97-GO-AKD x719
Email: tessa@gowildwear.com
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Territory: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio


  • Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, Captain, Choreographer 2 yrs
  • NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader
  • Indiana Pacers "Pacemates" Dancer 3 yrs
  • Evansville BlueCats Arena Football, Choreographer, Coach and Performer
  • Minor League Baseball Choreographer, Coach and Performer
  • Betties & Belles Performance Troupe, Manager & Founder
  • Former Colts Cheerleader Training Program Director 
  • Going Pro Entertainment, Choreographer & Consultant
  • Academy of Dance Arts, Dance Instructor 
  • University of Kentucky, UK Dance Ensemble
  • University of Southern Indiana, Major in Public Relations, Minor in Psychology

Tessa Caccavallo joins Angela King Designs as the Style Pro for the Great Lakes Region. Tessa brings with her great experience as a performer, choreographer and director. 

Tessa moved to Indianapolis from Kentucky in 2006 to pursue her dream of becoming a NBA dancer for the Indiana Pacers. Prior to joining the Pacemates, Tessa danced, choreographed and coached for an arena football team and a minor league baseball team. For one season, she performed at the University of Kentucky before eventually earning a degree at the University of Southern Indiana.

After dancing with the Pacers for three seasons, Tessa achieved the ultimate goal of dancing for a second professional team and league, becoming an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. She danced on the sidelines at Superbowl XLIV, performing with Gretchen Wilson and Cheap Trick. Tessa served as a squad captain her second year. She received accolades as a performer for Armed Forces Entertainment in Japan, representing the NFL in Mexico City and was voted Pro Bowl Cheerleader by her teammates.

Tessa has been featured in Maxim, SI.com, NFL.com and many other online and print publications. Since retiring in 2011, Tessa remains active with professional organizations. She has choreographed numerous routines for the Colts Cheerleaders and helped develop the first ever Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders Training Program, which provided coaching and mentoring for aspiring NFL Cheerleaders. She serves as an audition consultant for Going Pro Entertainment and teaches dance classes at the Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers, IN. Recently she founded Betties & Belles, a performance troupe in Indianapolis. Tessa is a proud mother and wife. Welcome Tessa!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

AKD Style Pro Directory

AKD's "Dream Team" includes Style Pros located across the United States, hailing from a variety of cheerleading and dance programs. 

Each Style Pro has been carefully selected based on her professionalism, experience and knowledge of the cheerleading and dance performance industry.

View the Style Pro map to determine your regional contact, then click on the Style Pro name below to read her bio and contact. 
Rani Reichow | Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Laura Mason | Augusta, Georgia
Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Jenise Fitzpatrick | Ripon, California
Alaska, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon, Washington

Sandy Charboneau | Tampa, Florida
Florida, International
Megan Savage | Denver, Colorado
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

Michelle Gagnon | Concord, New Hampshire
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia

Raquel Garcia | San Antonio, Texas
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Tessa Caccavallo | Indianapolis, Indiana
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

Sharon Humphrey | Schertz, Texas
Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

St Louis Rams Cheerleaders Always in Style

At Angela King Designs, it's been our honor for many years to outfit the beautiful NFL Cheerleaders of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams Cheerleaders usually opt to wear an AKD Black Label metallic navy and gold uniform with beautiful Swarovski crystal logo work. 

"The Rams Cheerleaders uniform is one of the most stunning designs in pro cheerleading," said designer Angela King-Twitero, "especially under the Edward Jones Dome lights! Many other organizations contact us inquiring how they can model after the sophistication of this custom uniform." 

The Rams Cheerleaders have a few other AKD attire themes they present throughout the year from holiday to throwback to sporty. Enjoy these looks courtesy of the St. Louis Rams!

Visit the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Page

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