This week’s ‘Dancing with the Stars!’ theme was a celebration of ‘Disney Through the Ages’, and it WAS magical. With all the news media’s attention on politics and the Harvey Weinstein story, it was so refreshing to focus on this treasure trove of Disney memories, from back in the late 1920’s to the upcoming release of “Coco”, touching on their many famous movies along the way.
Because the contestants have been whittled down a tad, there was time for performances by ‘Minnesota’s Alan’ along with other Pros, which is always fun to see, starting off the show with a sort of “June Taylor Dancers” view of the Pros. They were whirling in oh-so-fluffy ball-gowns (the skirts were later removed to reveal sexy short skirted costumes). Later in the show, Mickey Mouse club costumes were featured on the Pros, and Minnie Mouse featured in her silver Disco dress. The Pros then wore HS Musical cheer-costumes for the girls (Satin Stitches does these SO MUCH better) and basketball jersey/shorts costumes for the boys – including coordinating red costumes for Minnie and Mickey, respectively (I worry that a certain mega-cheer company will sue the show for trademark infringement – but I hope not!)
Victoria and Val danced a Jazz routine in black and white cartoon togs. I really enjoyed these costumes – the wide-striped shorts and bow tie worn over rhinestone embellished black spandex leotard and leggings for Mark and polka dotted skirt, bow tie and for Victoria. Accessorized with spats and big, white cartoon gloves, completed their homage to the original “Steamboat Willy” Mickey and Minnie. This simple but very effective costuming went well with how the DWTS crew staged this performance.
Vanessa and Maks danced a Waltz to music from Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which was America’s first feature-length animated film. The costume department created first-rate costumes that provided the essence of these cartoon characters. Maks WAS Prince Charming in his dapper glitter velvet tailcoat with white shirt with ruffled collar and cuffs and a flouncy jabot and additional costume pieces. Every detail on his costume was yummy…oh, I wish our modern-day Prince Charmings could dress this way! Vanessa’s Snow White costume included wonderful textured fabrics (a lace over satin for her skirt, which gave the look of a brocade, and the rhinestoned pattern on her blue bodice created a beautiful look. The colors and the silhouettes of the animated film were interpreted, and interpreted very well.
One of the judges remarked exactly what I was thinking…I was thrilled that Mark decided to don a traditional black ballroom dance tuxedo to coordinate with Lindsay for their Fox Trot to “When you wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio. I know Mark and others have gone ‘kooky’ with Pinocchio costumes in the past. Lindsey looked so elegant and classy, not to mention modest, yet youthful and feminine. Need I say more? I loved her lovely blue double-georgette costume with 3-D floral decorations with an interesting embellishment of pearls and rhinestones on the decorated mesh bodice. Thank you, costume department (and Mark), for keeping these costumes so classy!
Nick and Peta performed a Quick Step to music from “The Jungle Book” wearing semi-cartoon costumes. Nick was bare-chested (pun intended) with a ragged open vest and mottle-printed Capri trousers. Peta’s costume featured deep brown faux fur on her ankles, waistline, bra-top and wrist-cuffs that coordinated with brown fringe-encircled pants over bare-mesh (another pun intended). These fringe-encircled pants, I’ve noted, are never a favorite of mine – and these costumes were my least favorite of this week’s show.
Drew and Emma danced a very dapper Viennese Waltz to “The Muppet Movie” in Rainbow decorated white costumes. Emma’s costume included very voluptuous, dip-dyed skirt pieces extending from her zig-zag seamed hipline, and a one-shouldered bodice with thousands of rhinestones. Drew’s traditional white tailed dance tuxedo included a rainbow dyed lining on his tails – both suitable designs for “The Rainbow Connection”. Did everyone enjoy Kermit’s guest judging? I did! I also enjoyed this couple’s costumes!
Sasha and Gleb competed for their final time, in “The Little Mermaid” inspired costumes for their Rumba. Gleb was minimally costumed in his red, white and blue (nearly Pirate) costume. Thankfully Sasha was flattered in her sleek and textured, form-fitting costume. I would have preferred a darker upper bodice mesh – it was difficult to determine if it was white or a very light blue. The textured fabric included a lace border on the hemline. The wrist detailing and front bodice detailing were visible up close, but not from ‘performance distance’.
Then Terrell and Cheryl took the stage with their “Lion King” Quick Step in more pleasing, animal inspired costumes than those created for Nick and Peta! Terrell’s regal golden costume was decidedly debonair and Cheryl’s asymmetrical costume featured very long skirt fringe over a glittery panty or shorts or mini-skirt (it was difficult to discern), and sheer, blush mesh longer skirt. I was OK with Cheryl’s costume, but definitely really appreciated Terrell’s!
Frankie and Witney danced an awesome Argentine Tango with “Pirates of the Caribbean” costumes. Me?... I missed the ‘almost wardrobe malfunction’. Am I going to watch the footage of this? – No…I heard that her heel caught her skirt – that can happen. I was too busy paying attention to their gorgeous costumes! I will admit that I LOVE pirate costumes – especially on guys. What a transformation for little nerdy Frankie…into a hunk of a pirate! Of course showing off his dancing skills magnifies the sexi-ness of his pirate costume even more. I LOVE watching guys dance! Frankie’s pirate costume was very masculine-looking and Witney was very sensuous in her coordinating ‘wench’ costume. Their costumes were ‘realistic’ and ‘authentic’ looking, and would be more difficult for reproducing by amateur costumers. They were definitely professionally produced. And I loved them!
Jordan and Lindsay danced an incredible Fox Trot in “Moana” inspired costumes. I loved their perfect dance scores, but I also LOVED their contemporary, classy take on the cartoon characters. The ivory leaf patterned lace appliques applied to Jordan’s ivory shirt and to Lindsay’s skirt were exquisite. The delicate orange lace top did NOT look cartoonish, but very classy. This is how ‘contemporary’ costumes should look (with exquisite details)!
Completing the competition this week, Nikki and Artem got into their authentic Mexican themed dud, with a Jazz performance to music from a yet-to-be-released Disney film titled “Coco”. Sometimes it’s color that makes a costume, sometimes it’s the silhouette, but this time is was the fabric! The traditional cotton peasant blouse and skirt costume was transformed into a fluid and slithery Jade satin and crepe fabrication, creating a very flattering costume with ruffles adorning a full skirt. Artem’s matching Jade Mariachi jacket and trousers ensemble was tailored well and looked very classy. Gold details trimmed his impeccable costume. A few months ago at Satin Stitches Ltd, we altered an authentic Mariachi outfit for a local television personality – with those same buttons up the sides of the trousers, and on the jacket, in silver. It was fun to see the tailoring and details of ‘the real thing’.
Generally this week, all the costumes were enjoyable and classy (with a few exceptions). And I still have ‘glitter in my eyes’ remembering all the Disney inspired costumes – what will next week bring?