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The History of Dancewear
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American dancer Isadora Duncan refused to wear what was expected of a ballet dancer in the early 1900s but instead wore draped tunics and bare feet. Since then, dancewear has become much more comfortable and relaxed.
The Leotard's Creator
The leotard was made popular by trapeze artist Jules Leotard in the late 1800s and originally was a one piece body suit made out of knitted jersey. Today leotards are an essential part of dancewear.
In the 1800s dancers were required to wear corseted outfits with long tutu skirts and pointe shoes. They reflected the modesty and styles that were popular in regular dress during this time.
1910s- Ballet's Pointe is Reevaulated
Ballet was emerging in more countries than its creator France and perfecter Russia during this time. Costumes became more artistic and less traditional.
1920s- Dance and Culture Intertwine
Leotards are adorned with feathers, sequins and much more as trends were greatly influenced by the daring and promiscuous attitude of the culture.
1930s- Dancing Leo to Dress
Dance expands to more than just ballet in film and so the costumes. Costumes in movies for waltz sequences, jazz numbers and tap dancing are now worn.
1940s- Dance Swings into America
The First Revoleotion
1950s- Gentlemen Prefer Ballerinas
Leotards become more feminie, skirts less conservative. Legs are the main focus in both costumes and dance styles. Dancers become some of the hottest stars in Hollywood and are seen as sexy and appealing to men.
Broadway is born and dancewear is now available to the average American with the popularization of Swing dancing. Dancewear is now stylized to fit American culture.
1960s- Pas de Deux avec Deux
The leotard is cut in half and follows the trends of fashion during the 60s. Everything is short, tight and wild.
1970s- Disco Rhapsody
The Disco is the King of Fashion in the 70s and leotards become bellbottomed and flowy and the bodices slitted and haltered.
2000s- 99 Problems but a Leo ain't one
Leotatrds are recognized as normal costume attire for celebrities and the dance world continues to follow trends of everyday fashion. Shows like So You Think You Can Dance promote dance and its costumes that aren't just basic black leotards, tights and pointe shoes.
1990s- If You Wanna Be My Dancewear
Leotards, legwarmers and other dancewear essentials duet with everyday fashion. The King of Pop and films like Flashdance popularize dancewear into trends that are still found in today's fashion
2010s- Caught in a Dance Romance
Dancewear reaches high fashion as icons of our era merge comfort with couture and leotards- now called bodysuits- are found at almost all levels of the clothing market from Forever 21 to Roberto Cavalli.
1980s- Flashdance into Fashion
Leotards, legwarmers, dance trunks and other dance essentials duet with everyday fashion. Icons like Michael Jackson and Flashdance popularize the trend of dancewear in fashion that is still found today.
Dance becomes as popular as singing in pop artists and leotards are personalized to fit with their performers' own personal styles.
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