Usually one piece with a tight-fitting top and a swinging bottom slit high to reveal the leg. Stretch materials are used to guarantee a tight silhouette. The dance dress is often highly decorated with rhinestones, beadings, glitter and paillettes.
Swing and Latin Dress:
Very similar to tango dresses, but the much shorter hem-line makes the dress more sexual and can reveal the complete leg. Animal prints such as tiger or leopard intensify the wild connotation of these dresses.
Waltz and Fox-Trot Dress:
Elegant one-piece dress often made inexpensive lightweight silks or satins. A wide-swinging, ankle-length style intensifies the soft movements of these dances.
The necessary freedom of movement was guaranteed by knee-length shirt-dresses embroidered with glass beads and paillettes. The lightweight dress and long fringes made it swing rhythmically according to the movements of the dance, which was part of the lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties and became the most popular American dance in Germany and Europe; thanks in great part to Josephine Baker, who gave performances in 1927 with her Charleston Jazz Band in Berlin.
Rumba and Samba Dress:
With contrasting ruffles on the skirt and sleeves, this dress is often designed in a Caribbean style with bright colors.
Enjoy the best dance costumes in this dance through the decades video.