Monday, May 5, 2014


Mesmera in a custom made Hallah Moustafa original  Photo: Maharet Hughes, Graphic Vibe LA

 The Historical Belly Dance Costume Fashion Show took place on May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. Produced by Jenza (Suzanne McNeil) who has been active in the LA dance scene since the 1970’s as both a performer and a costume designer. The event highlighted the diverse beauty of a plethora of lavish vintage handmade costumes and faithfully reproduced replicas from every decade in the Twentieth Century.  The pieces show ran the gamut from luxurious cabaret costumes covered in bugle bead flatwork and fringe to antique Assuit.  Some of the costumes featured were reproductions of Ghawazee or Ouled Nayl apparel, but even as replicas, since they were handmade over thirty years ago in the 1970’s and 1980’s by dancers like the legends Aisha Ali and Helena Vlahos, these costumes themselves are now vintage!                                                                          
Zoe Apoian in a  replica of  Nejla Ates'  "Son Of Sinbad" costume
by Jenza Photo: Princess Farhana

 Just some of the designers featured were the late, great Madame Abla and  Hallah Moustafa , an American dancer turned designer  who lives in Cairo, heading up her own costume atelier.  LA-based designers costumers were featured as well, including Jenza, Nadia Simone, Anaheed and Kathy Sanders, who now goes by the name Kat Bushman. All of these women were dancers as well as  designers. 
Persian Lace, pearls and bugle beads: Classic 1970's
Cabaret Costumes, Photo: Princess Farhana
Antique belly dance costumes and are an obsession of mine … I collect the genuine article as well as hand make reproductions from many decades, especially the 1920’s to the early 1960’s.  I also love wearing the genuine article, collecting and restoring older costumes to their original glory… and I am not alone!                 There are even large social media groups (especially on Facebook) devoted to discussing, caring for, buying selling and trading vintage belly dance costumes. For every dancer who must have the latest designs from Egypt or Turkey, there are countless others who are absolutely in love with the costumes of a bygone era.  Many dancers seek these elderly beauties out, refurbish them carefully and wear them as a return to the glamour and fantasy of   the days of yore.

The importance of this show- and the beautiful pieces on display- cannot be denied.  For hundreds of years, oriental dance was almost considered insignificant, even though probably at least a third of women on earth at any given time period were actively practicing it and handing down the movements -and prized costume pieces- to future generations.  Similarly, the models in the show ranged from dancers who were 1970’s veterans to those who had been performing for barely a year or two.

 Enjoy the glorious pictures!

Oceana in  a 1970's  cabaret costume by Nadia Simone
 Photo: Princess Farhana

Aisha Ali's 1980's Ouled Nayl  costume reproduction on the runway
 Photo: Princess Farhana

Aisha Ali's Ouled Nayl costume  as seen backstage
Photo: Princess Farhana

In my Edwardian costume replica on the runway
Photo: Maharet Hughes, Graphic Vibe LA

 Bugle bead flatwork & hand-strung fringe: Shira's 1970's Egyptian scarab costume,
made by Kathy Sanders Photo: Princess Farhana

Tova  backstage in  amagnificent pearl and bugle bead fringe costume-from the mid 1970's. Belt by Amal ( Jenny Rife) bra  designed to match the belt  by Suszanna McNeil  Photo: Princess Farhana
Helena Vlahos in action, early 1970's

Helena Vlahos and me backstage. Helena is in her magnificent '80's Serpent costume

Old meets new: Jayna Manoushe backstage on her contemporary smart
 phone, in  avintage Cleopatra costume designed and sewn by Helena Vlahos
 Photo: Princess Farhana


 If you’re a costume addict, you’ll enjoy the many sections  on making, caring for and storing belly dance costumes- both antique and contemporary- in The Belly Dance Handbook: A Companion For The Serious Dancer.  Purchase a signed copy here:


  1. Ooooohhhh! Love the Vintage costumes! I have two that a women gave me, used to dance in SF I don't know her dance name, Sorry....
    I am redoing to bra's one belt is ok other belt finishing, the bra's were too trashed out but I have pics. There is also a nice vintage book you can find called "the compleat belly dancer" vintage 1973 and you can still find copies on Amazon. I love that people are doing this! I have pics of the bra and belt if anyone is interested. Plez are you writing a piece for GS? Can't wait for it. I just read something on Twitter that the oppressive gov in Egypt is cracking down on Belly Dancing! It is up to us to keep it going and learn all we can! If they are oppressing it that means music books etc will be lost! :( " But out on the streets of Cairo, the Islamic revival has taken its toll on this controversial dance. Most Egyptians now consider its lewd movements to be 'haraam' - forbidden by Islam. Today, there are almost no new faces bursting onto the Egyptian belly dancing scene.

    Islamists, like the MP, Mohammed Mursi, say this is just as well, for a number of reasons.

    "From the viewpoint of our religion, it's not allowed, it's forbidden," he says. "It's a bad thing for a woman to show off her body to the public. "

    1. The Compleat Belly Dancer was written by Marta Schill, she is the mom of the dancer Jayna in the Cleopatra costume, the one on the cell phone, towards the end of the pix!!!! <3 <3 I know Marta, she is WONDERFUL!!!!

    2. That is awesome! Its a great old "Vintage" book on Bellydancing.


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