Middle eastern dance has some variations that are accompanied by different styles of costumes. My foundation is Egyptian cabaret style. I make the majority of my costumes. A form-fitting top and a hip hugging skirt are two essential elements of the Egyptian style belly dance costume, which is called the “Bedlah”. This costume is meant to accentuate the Egyptian movements.
It has been quite a large learning curve for costume design and structure for me over the years. Discovering what works, what doesn’t, and what costume is appropriate for each performance.
Costumes are a favorite item for those of us who love belly dance. Dancing is my alter ego, the Superman to my Clark Kent.
Costume Design & Model Amanda Joy Dance
Words by Amanda Joy