Thursday, September 6, 2012

Solo Dresses and Adults?

So, on the list of things that drive me crazy about our art form is that there is very little middle ground. We don't do anything by halves do we? I mean, I suppose that is a good thing in a lot of ways, but here's where I am getting hung up. As an adult, you only have 2 options as far as solo costumes go; either wear something that is clearly more suited to kids half your age, or end up wearing something that looks like it's an Irish themed Ice-capades costume.

Now, I have seen some talented adult dancers make their own costumes that are an elegant combination of younger style with some more flattering/mature features. But what about the non-sewing adult dancers out there? I know from my own "window" shopping, that I will NEVER find a Solo dress that will fit me, unless I get one custom ordered.

I am now beginning to wonder if I need to start designing/making solo dresses that specifically cater to adults and "bigger" girls - cause I mean, some adults are lucky enough to fit in dresses that are designed for tall teenagers, but I know I wouldn't be able to.

Thoughts, suggestions, comments????

1 comment:

  1. I've been wondering about the solo dress question for a while. Of course, I'm still 5 dances away from a solo dress and I can never place out of anything so it will be a while, but when (if) it happens, I've got no clue if I'll get anything. I'd really like to get out of the huge, heavy, three-panel school dress I'm in now, but I'm not sure how I feel about all the frills and pinks. (Or the cost, but that's another story.) I'm fortunate to be small-boned enough to fit a teenage dress (actually most of the girls over 14 in the school have bigger hips and chests than me)--but that doesn't mean those styles would suit me!

    If you're looking for an adult-suitable dress, you might want to check out these that I've had my eye on for some time:

    I think they're sophisticated and simple but still pretty, and much nicer for an adult dancer than the frills and neons and sparkles that the kids' solo dresses have. BUT I don't think my teacher would ever let me give them. I'd bet good money she'd think they looked amateurish. And my school is really competitive and she wouldn't want anybody representing our school in anything but the latest frilly fashions.

    Are you considering making solo dresses for adults? That would be fantastic!