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Space-Age Fashion

By Julie Michelle Wilson – Creative Director with Callie Maginnis, and Abigail Bruggeman
Contributing Author
Photos Courtesy of Encore Ballroom Couture
No Eclipse glasses needed at this cosmic fashion show!

Editor’s Note:  USA Dance Members Julie Wilson and Callie Maginnis, with Abigail Bruggeman, have again translated more world fashion trends into ballroom creations for our USA Dancers!  

Monday’s Eclipse was a spectacular cosmic event that inspired the nation to gaze at the sky and appreciate its celestial beauty. Apart from the Eclipse, fashion lovers have always looked to the heavens for inspiration, incorporating intergalactic glamor into their fashion selections.

Space-age fashion has been a lasting trend, influenced by the space race of the 1960s and 1970s, which shaped that era. André Courrèges launched his “Moon Girl” collection in 1964 and Pierre Cardin’s silver vinyl garments landed at Paris Fashion Week a year before Apollo landed on the moon. These iconic fashion moments set the stage for the cosmic couture embraced by modern futuristic designers such as Iris van Herpen and Thierry Mugler.

From aliens and astronauts to ballroom dancers, everyone can take a small step onto the dance floor and a giant leap into the spotlight with a stellar dress.

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About the Creative Director:

Julie Michelle Wilson is the owner of Encore Ballroom Couture, the leading consignment and rental dress company in the ballroom dance industry. She has been a professional dancer for almost 20 years.  She enjoys creative expression on and off the dance floor! 

About Callie:

Callie Maginnis is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Fashion Design and English. She is the dress manager at Encore Ballroom Couture and loves the sparkle and shine of the ballroom dance industry!

About Abigail:

Abigail Bruggeman, a senior at Marymount University, is pursuing a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Public Relations. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a deep love for fashion, she stays on top of latest trends and is able to translate the latest fashions into elegant ballroom attire. 

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