Reel/Real Impact: Flashdance (1983)–Dance Related Clothes

Flashdance: Jennifer Beals + a pair of scissors + aerobics = fashion trend.

Dance-related clothes, such as leotards, leg warmers, headbands, and dance slippers were all the rage in booming fitness clubs around the country. Torn jeans paired with cut-up, off-the-shoulder men’s sweatshirts were a sexy look that everyone could copy on no budget, and they did.

But it was Beals’ combo look of footless tights and an oversized shirt that made a permanent and lasting impression in fashion.

The trashy picture (guilty pleasure for many viewers) was nominated for four Oscars, winning one, Best Song: “FlashdanceWhat a Feeling,” music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara.

The other nominations were for Don Peterman’s cinematography, Bud Smith and Walt Mulconery’s editing, and yet another song, “Maniac,” music and lyrics by Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky

Released on April 15, 1983, “Flashdance” was one of the year’s most commercial pictures, ranking 6th and grossing over $36.1 million at the domestic box-office.