The story I am creating here is why certain pairing won't work. This time, I focused on why hip-hop does no pair with certain things to highlight why hip pairs well with ballet. I will be creating more of these comparisons to choreograph against, and then chose the ones that are most effective at demonstrating that they're a bad pair.
Hip Hop Sketches
So I am a little conflicted here. I based the silhouette on what the guys in my hip hop class wear, rather than doing wider research. I did this because I want the representation of what people wear rather than what people wish hip-hop dancers were. The guys usually wear a t-shirt and some jogger or sweatpant. The more research I did, the more I found more pictures of people were tighter leg pants and joggers with massive crotch drops, and a hooded or crew sweatshirt with the sleeves rolled up. So I sketched both versions.
The leads with being in some fashion like the decals of popular brands for hip-hop wear, like Adidas, making horizontal or vertical lines of LEDs on the shirt, and some pant detail similar to that of the house dancer, but instead of on the calf, on the thigh.
Similar to the hip-hop one, once I mocked up the idea that I sketched, I found more ideas that I like and would be the easier way to integrate put lights. The left most is a modern ballet practice outfit, leotard with a chiffon high-low wrap skirt. Then, I was thinking about put LEDs into it; I was a little uninspired. I could zig zag stitch fairy lights into the chiffon... But I still wanted it to flow beautifully, which I worry that metal in chiffon won't be able to accomplish. SO I started to do some research on non-knit ballet wear. Thinking that the only time there was non-knit ballet wear would be before knit was a primary textile in daily wear. So I looked back into ballet practice clothing of the 30s and 40s: both because those are my favorite decades in that century and because knits were not as popular as a textile then, rather they utilized biased cut fabrics to create wrap.
Then I was conflicted again, because what I sketched when I found 30s/40s ballet wear started to look like a cheerleading uniform rather than something that could pair what I had in mind for hip hop. So then I started thinking of even more modern practice wear. Instead of thinking of modern as in modern dance, I thought of modern like what I would wear to class, or other girls would wear to class.
I like all three of these. I am also playing with the idea that this costume changes. Where the ballet dancer might start in a black leotard and pink tights and no LEDS and then as her trajectory evolves as a character, her costume can changes. Maybe she loses the pink tights, cutting them off and then dons a more expressive wrap dress.
Updates to other costumes
New to the costume cast is the house dancer (second from left) and a shorter skirt on the swing dancer, the to the left of the house dancer.