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

    Sorry, I don't see "Groucho Marx Green Man." If we want to stick to the sea motif, I'd call it "Surprised and Angry Lionfish," but otherwise, I'll go off the board and call it "Mosaic Merkin in a Mardi Gras Mask."
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    A good costumer would wire those edges to help them keep their shape. Then again, a good costumer wouldn't make a costume where the bra was gold over green and the belt was green over gold. I suspect they were intentionally aiming for a sea theme (not just the pearls and starfish--I think the...
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    70s bra consttruction

    I was thinking of Ozma more as someone who might have insight into construction of vintage costumes or who might know of someone else with that knowledge, not that she would necessarily make a costume for you as a special order. Going back through my dusty Bhuz mental archive, I'd probably...
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    70s bra consttruction

    Have you investigated the bra-making community and their resources? The mainstream sewing pattern companies are probably not going to meet your needs, but some of the specialty sources might be helpful. https://www.sewsassy.com/BraProducts/elan-bra-patterns.html This sounds like an...
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    Costume Advise for Someone Else

    Just what this thread needs is another tangent, but something has been nagging at me for a while (not in a bad way), and seeing the name "Fotia" reminded me of it. Years ago, somebody was rhapsodizing on Bhuz about how one of their favorite songs was Warda's version of "Maqadir," and I keep...
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    70s bra consttruction

    If I understand what you're asking, the issue isn't really anything specific to 1970's style, it's just about hard-cup bras with woven fabric bases and lots of heavy embellishments, which applies to most of the 20th Century, as opposed to the 21st-Century style of spandex costumes, molded cups...
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    Costume Advise for Someone Else

    How about those costumes with the flesh-colored bras? Or the ones with the embellishments on the nude tights? Nobody is paying attention to your dancing when they are trying to figure out where you end and the costume begins. . . . Although as soon as I posted the paragraph above, I realized...
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    The Real Jodette

    How sad! I didn't know Leyla, but I had a chance to study a little with Hadia many years ago. She was a wonderful teacher and a beautiful dancer. I was very fortunate to take some private lessons with her when I had only been dancing about a year. Our group and another group a few states...
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    Do you think that restaurant dancers should have employment contracts?

    In a perfect world, every gig would have a contract with insurance protecting it in the event of catastrophe, every dancer would be designated as a small business by whatever metric their jurisdiction specified, all music would be licensed and used as directed by intellectual property laws, and...
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    Costume Advise for Someone Else

    I hope, but it has to be a lot of work and money so half a dozen people can put up a handful of posts a week. When Bhuz was imploding, people complained constantly about FB being a terrible alternative to a BB forum with the way their timelines work (hard to follow conversations, hard to...
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    Example Pictures of Different Belly Dance Costumes Styles Needed

    I would have been more confident in the pronunciation if I could have located a clip of someone from the Ouled Nail pronouncing their own name, but even that doesn't guarantee other valid pronunciation variations don't exist, either within their own subgroups or across history. Part of the...
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    Costume Advise for Someone Else

    I've found a few crumbs on the Wayback Machine internet archive, but not enough to be really useful. When Bhuz was dying, there was talk of keeping it as an archive, but the expense and maintenance time must have been too much (understandable). Somebody was going to keep the old MEDlist online...
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    Example Pictures of Different Belly Dance Costumes Styles Needed

    Apparently, the pronunciation of their name is almost as vigorously debated in the dance community as 3/4 shimmies. I haven't been able to find a fully marked Arabic spelling, so I can't say for sure--not that it may matter, because the indigenous pronunciation might not be well rendered in...
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    Costume Advise for Someone Else

    I wasn't sure what had prompted the OP. It seemed like a bit of an odd question to ask if someone had a lot of dance experience and had had an ostomy for a while, so I guess I assumed since she was talking about her dresses no longer fitting, she was new to the ostomy as a dancer. I didn't...
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    Example Pictures of Different Belly Dance Costumes Styles Needed

    I also could have sworn there were better resources for this online, but I can't find a single, really useful site. As always, Shira has something http://www.shira.net/costuming/dresses.htm. There are a couple of Pinterest boards, and this one looks like a good collection...
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