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Glitz, Glamour, and Grit: Exploring The History of Female Aerial Circus Costume

This presentation, part of The Ringling's New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus series, explores the costumes of female aerialists from the late 1800s to the present day. From aesthetics to functional considerations for movement, these garments require special attention to detail and are designed to complement the performance. From corsets and crinolines to leotards and Lycra, aerial costumes have evolved considerably while maintaining the glamour and prestige of the performance. Circus costume designer and researcher Jenny Leigh Du Puis provides a tour through the wardrobe of female aerialists past and present.

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