We "tried" CC last year. I knew their costumes were quite nice but at times a little pricey for something I consider "recital only" costumes for the most part. The packaging is what sold us to add them into our big orders. Also though they have some trendy current styles and a few unique things that I really liked, the quality was more superior than I thought it would be.
I am a huge fan of having every classes costumes hung on a hanger neatly in the studio they dance in on the day we try them on. So on costume day when they enter the room they kind of get that special feeling when they see their costumes all professionally hung for them on the barre with everyones name on them. I think it's like Christmas to some of our kids.
We had major sizing issues last year though. Same old problem. The skinny tall girls needed AL size for girth only so their costumes were huge :(
But YES the packaging was a HUGE reason we are using them for more this year. Stick a label on it and done. Counting was easy too with the sizes clearly marked on the outside of the bag in the same place.
I don't give out costumes until May, but costumes have to be tried on as soon as we get them in...it was really harder to get costumes out of hanging bags to try them on.
I had costumes from Art Stone & Revolution on hangers last year & honestly, they were just in the way when I hung them as soon as they came out of the box...the rest of the costumes were stacked in boxes...those I hung & I had parents pestering me for weeks because they could see that a few costumes had come in. Plus, I repackaged everything anyway, so aside from reusing some of the hangers & bags, it was really just a waste. I reused most of the AWCT zip lock bags too
I order quite a bit from Curtain Call just because I like a lot of their costumes. I really don't take packaging into account when ordering costumes.
And I agree with Riley - the Fist Call catalog had quite a bit of nice costumes for a very reasonable price. I've also never had a problem with Curtain Call, so they will stay on my ordering list for quite a while.