Feel Good Friday -100 Years of Style

by admin on September 16, 2011

You’ve seen the “Evolution of Dance” video. Now watch the evolution of dance AND fashion over the past 100 years. The only style I missed seeing was the “preppy” stuff we all wore in the late 1970’s.

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lkb September 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

Thank you for posting this! Very nicely done, especially matching up the movements through all the costume changes. Reminds me of a clip from one of the “That’s Entertainment!” movies that shows Fred Astaire doing the same dance routine in two different costumes. (They showed the clips side by side.) He rehearsed each number so well that — except for the costume — there was no difference between the two clips. Just like the couple here! Bravo!

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Chrysla September 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

Ohhh! That was fun!!! I HATE changing clothes (I mean, I do change them everyday, just not multiple times in one day), I can’t imagine how many times they had to change clothes and repeat that dance! Bravo!

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Aje September 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

Just thinking about how many places, times, and costumes they had to do before they could make his video makes me tired… lol

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Hemi Halliwell September 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

Great dancers and it was fun to see all the styles.

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PrincessSim September 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

That’s fantastic!

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Just Laura September 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

My complaint is that I saw nary a hobble skirt. That’s akin to depicting the fashion of the 1850s without including a hoopskirt. And were they doing the Charleston in the 1930s? I hope not.

Good job on the 1950s, though.

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gramma dishes September 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Wow! Hard to imagine how they did this! The thing that gets me is that not only were there so many different outfits, there were equally as many different hairstyles!!

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Caper September 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This reminds me a lot of the Country singer Josh Turner’s music video of “Why Don’t we just Dance?”. They had a few different dances from different decades and different outfits to go with each. Of course it wasn’t as in depth as this video, which was so much fun to watch :D It makes me wish people still dressed like they did in the 50’s :P

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Dark Magdalena September 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

That was awesome! So much work had to have gone into not only planning that, choreographing it, and learning it, but doing it!

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Iris September 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

No moonwalk? No running man? My generation is sadly underrepresented :)

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Snowy September 17, 2011 at 1:33 am

Ohhhh, that was fun!!

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Brenda September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This was done as an advertisement for a new shopping store/mall in the UK, which would explain why there’s no preppy section in it. It would also explain the slightly different fashion looks.

@JustLaura, I’m sure hobble skirts were not included because it would be nearly impossible to dance in them. Also, the Charleston continued as a partner dance into the 40’s, although the peak of popularity was in the late 20’s.

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Just Laura September 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

But if I were attempting a top fashion/top dances of the decades, logically I wouldn’t include the Charleston in the 1930s, just as I wouldn’t include the Macarena (ugh) in the 2000s.

Women did dance, albeit awkwardly, in hobble skirts. While the Tango heavily influenced the end of the trend of hobble skirts, there were some funny moments, I’m sure for these poor women in their overly constricting dress. I just wish this video would have depicted this distinctive early 20th century garment – it helps us all appreciate our freer fashion today!

Source discussing dancing, including the dangerous hobble skirt: Page 119 of The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances: Outrage at Couple Dances in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.

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Brenda September 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

@Just Laura, Hobble skirts were a striking fashion item, but there’s simply no way to show all of the fashion trends of the last 100 years in less than two minutes. Also, from what I’ve found, the original hobble skirt was much more common in the U.S. than in England, with the straight and draped skirts being more popular in England and Europe, outside of France.

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Just Laura September 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

Ah, thanks for reminding me that this was a London video, rather than something out of the U.S. It makes sense to not include a major style in fashion if it wasn’t major where the video was made.

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