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There is an "Aladdin's cave" at Wimbledon where the stars choose from hundreds of designer dresses, shoes and accessories for the Champions Ball.

On the last day of the tournament, one of the rooms inside Centre Court is transformed into a designer boutique for the champions, runners-up and their families.

Andy Murray's mother Judy, above, was "unprepared" for the ball last year but said: "You're there in your jeans watching the final and then in two hours' time you have to be at the Wimbledon Ball. You go down to the locker room and there's this Aladdin's cave of clothes and shoes and accessories and hair stylists, it's all there."

Elisabeth Piner, right with Mrs Murray, has been the Wimbledon dresser for 20 years. She said "I have some really special dresses this year by some great designers but I can't reveal anything until Sunday."

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For the Championship Dinner, Wimbledon's tennis stars wear top designer names from dress hire ace Elisabeth Piner, writes Louise Johncox

As Wimbledon approaches and thoughts turn to tennis Elisabeth Piner selects designer dresses for the competitors to wear to the Championship Dinner. It all began over 20 years ago when Piner, a Kingston-based dress hire designer, was asked by the All-England Lawn Tennis Club to supply some dresses for the players to wear to the closing event, now held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane.

"It was Sunday and someone from the club asked me if I'd provide dresses for the tennis players to wear to the dinner. I said "Yes, of course." I've been dressing the stars and their families for this special event ever since. During Wimbledon the girls are far too busy playing tennis so I concentrate on making sure I have a good selection of dresses for them to choose from."

Each year Piner takes about 100 dresses to the All-England Lawn Tennis Club including designer names such as Jenny Packham and Amanda Wakeley.

Piner, who trained in Vienna and London's Central School of Fashion, is on hand to assist the competitors in choosing the perfect dress and she can also do alterations if necessary. "I can usually tell within seconds of a woman walking into the room which dress is thebest match. Theplayers are often suprised I do this so quickly but it's something I've always done and it works."

Over the years Piner has dressed many big tennis names including Steffi Graf, Virginia Wade, Jana Novotná, Serena and Venus Williams, Serena and her sister are goddesses, a delight to dress!," she says. "The players are all very strong and usually broader across the back. Some are fairly tall so I just have to make sure I have got a cross-section of sizes."

Piner always gets a kick from seeing the tennis players transform into party princesses ready for the ball once they have chosen their dresses and accessories and had their hair and make up done. "Clothes make people. The competitors always look amazing, especially when their haie and make up is done and they are wearing the right shoes."

Piner has remained loyal to her favourite designers, particularly Jenny Packham. "I've stuck with my designers and Jenny Packham is the main one. She personally handds me the dresses and is hugely excited that the stars wear her designs."

On the day of the final social event Piner is joined by her two daughters, Melissa and Jenny, who help make the day go smoothly. "It's a family affair. My daughters have a keen interest in fashion and we work really well as a team. It is a major operation. I also bring a hair and make up stylist so the players don't have to worry about anything. Sometimes the girls want to try on lots of different dresses. That is when the fun starts, with clothes everywhere. It's a lot of work but is, without doubt, the highlight of my working year."

When Piner is not organising Wimbledon she hires out dresses for a variety of events ranging from proms to charity balls. Hire prices for Piner's couture collection start from £85 and sizes range from 8 to 22.

"A lot of my customers say, "I've been everywhere and I can't find anything." Then they come to me and I find a dress within a minute! They look absolutely thrilled which is what makes my job so worthwhile."

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Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Horwood with Clare Hodgkinson in a dress by Having A Ball Dress Hire.
Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Horwood is set to come out of hiding for series 2 of children's BBC show Big Kidz to be screened in January 2008.

Clare Hodgkinson of
ATIT Productions wrote to Elisabeth Piner of Having A Ball Dress Hire in Sept' 2007 saying "The show is about a celebrity who hides in a families house for 2 days without one of the parents knowing.
The celebrity this week is Craig Revel Horwood, judge on strictly come dancing.

We are looking to get a dress for the show as it will be the theme used for all the sketches.
The show is an hour long and the first series did really well with up to 70,000 viewers".

Elisabeth Piner is no stranger to dressing celebritites. She and her Kingston-based company Having A Ball Dress Hire, are called upon every year to provide dresses and dressing services for the annual Ladies Championship Ball at Wimbledon.

In a note to Elisabeth Clare said "Thank you so much for the dress you gave us for the BBC show Big Kidz featuring "Strictly Come Dancing" judge Craig Revel Horwood.
As you can see the dress looked amazing."

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 A Kingston dress designer, who dresses top Wimbledon tennis players for the All England Club's seasonal ball, is celebrating her 15th year in the business.
 Elisabeth Piner, who runs Having a Ball Dress Hire, dresses celebrity clients for the prestigious annual Wimbledon championship ball at the Savoy Hotel.
 Ms Piner has just launched this season's collection at her studio in Kingston, where
three models showcased her latest designs to 50 invited guests Ben Douglas, director of Fusion Dance Academy in Surbiton, drew the raffle at the upmarket event.
 Ms Piner has dressed many Wimbledon champions, including Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Angelique Widjana, Virginia Wade, Pam Shriver, Steffi Graf, Lindsey Davenport and Jana Novotna.
 However, she does not only concentrate on big
names. She also has a client base of women from the Kingston area who just need a dress for a particular event.
 She said: "I am just as likely to find that busy mums and business women, who want to look glamourous for a special occasion, make appointments to be pampered by my personal service."
 Shoes, bags and jewellery can also be hired to complement the dresses.
 For more information, phone 020 8549 6320.

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