Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

Greek Bonfire

Well-known member
There's a dancer in Australia who designs her own costumes, and they look like these. She wears them to ultra gigs too. I don't get it.
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
I don't get it either. Its not that its *bad*, its just not *good* - and its a bit on the scary side. Slits up to the hip are one thing, but a half inch away from pubic hair is another!
 

Suzanne Azhaar

Active member
Today I got spam from a belly dance shop I had never heard of before, and sadly, basically everything they sell (and they sell a lot of items!) is ….. questionable. Here are two of my favourite most questionable costumes from that site:
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The black one is just hideous. The purple has a good concept, but quality materials, skilled sewing, and design is completely lacking. The direction of dance costumes is moving toward disposable garments (that look trashy) versus quality product that's cherished and respected.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
There's a dancer in Australia who designs her own costumes, and they look like these. She wears them to ultra gigs too. I don't get it.
Such costumes pander to what too many people think of as belly dance: hot girls displaying lots of flesh, all of it jiggling. Genuine cultural and artistic aspects optional. Makes me sound like a prude (which would make anyone who knows me laugh) but I still think the costume should enhance the dance, and I don't see how that's possible if one's audience is wondering how the costume is staying on and/or when it is going to fall off.
 

Suzanne Azhaar

Active member
Such costumes pander to what too many people think of as belly dance: hot girls displaying lots of flesh, all of it jiggling. Genuine cultural and artistic aspects optional. Makes me sound like a prude (which would make anyone who knows me laugh) but I still think the costume should enhance the dance, and I don't see how that's possible if one's audience is wondering how the costume is staying on and/or when it is going to fall off.
Or if they are going to be flashed.
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
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The black one is just hideous. The purple has a good concept, but quality materials, skilled sewing, and design is completely lacking. The direction of dance costumes is moving toward disposable garments (that look trashy) versus quality product that's cherished and respected.
Pretty much this. The black one is not only fugly, its a pop-out special. The purple one has potential, but please cover the boy shorts at least...
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
Or if they are going to be flashed.
Exactly. One of my teachers always said "Don't terrify your audience!". Pop-out specials terrify audiences - and they won't see your dancing AT ALL, they'll be too busy waiting for the pop-out. Its actually the same phenomenon as dancing too close to a discarded veil on the floor - the audience will stop watching your dance, and watch your veil instead! :(
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
Pop out specials. *snork* Wish I'd heard that while I was still teaching.

Years ago I went to a performance in Cheyenne where Kaia was the headliner dancer. I liked her very much, she was a sweetie of a workshop instructor, and could dance, no doubt about it. For the performance she wore what was at the time the most revealing bedlah I'd ever seen. I truly did spend the entire performance wondering if her skirt was going to fall off or show something the audience didn't need to see. Had she appeared before me five minutes after the performance, I'd have had two questions: 1) how is that thing attached, and 2) are you wearing anything under it.

THIS would be very pretty except for the clown face with the gold nose and streamers in the middle of the bra. I think it could be fixed by eliminating the white "eyes." (Photo below)
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
Yea, the bra decoration is unfortunate, but at least it doesn't look like she's gonna pop outta it. I have no problems with revealing costumes, but I want some assurance that the damn thing is under control. The common two panel "wide in back/narrow in front" skirt that results in a pair of slits over the thighs can be beautiful. The pretty much never seen anymore so-called "Turkish" triangular skirt was worn sans underwear back in the day because none would work with it - and I have one. But the key point of all of these are knowing your dance, knowing your venue, knowing your costume and being mindful of what its doing. Pop-out specials with an "explodo-bra" feature aren't the same, it doesn't look under control at all and I've seen more than my share of dancers suddenly streaking off the stage at warp speed as a result! I have lots of understanding and sympathy for my sisters in dance over bras and all their problems (I've heard PLENTY in the dressing room!), but I'm glad I don't have to contend with the things!
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
I know. Once seen, never unseen. Sorry, Daim.

..."Turkish" triangular skirt was worn sans underwear back in the day because none would work with it - and I have one.

Oh, dear. That might create a challenge once things got to, um, swinging.
 
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