Tango Fashion

So When Did Argentine Tango Start to Become Fashionable?

posted Nov 16, 2014, 8:58 PM by Sophia de Lautour

Sharing this article by Australian born Rome-based fashion designer and tango lover Angela Facchini...

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So When Did Argentine Tango Start to Become Fashionable?

"So when did Tango start or better still when did it start to follow fashion trends…..We know tango had its origins over 150 years ago…. it was considered a dance of the lower classes, immigrates to Argentine..so fashions where not an important influence at the time..

The earliest indications of Tango being danced in Europe comes from the around 1910. It likely came into France first through the port of Marseille, where Argentine sailors would dance with the local girls, and Tango was the couple dance they preferred. There is evidence of a couple dancing Tango on stage in Montmartre in Paris by 1909. But it was in 1912 that the Tango took Paris by storm and Paris being the capital of couture the tread to accommodate women so they could dance has started..

By the turn of the century fashions where already going through changes, starting to make an exit where the restrictive Victorian corsets and hooped skirts, this change was accelerated with the influence of the Tango. Parisian women with their Joie de vivre started to abandoned the corset in order to dance with more freedom. The directions of feathers in women’s hats moved from horizontal, sweeping across in front of the face, to vertical, going up from the forehead, letting a couple dance without the feather getting in the Tango partner’s way. Tulip skirts, which opened at the front, made dancing easier.,low cut backs to give the sensual feel to this dance of passion .So the business of Tango fashion had started ,women were sold not just Tango shoes, but Tango stockings, Tango hats, Tango dresses, and anything else that manufacturers could think of. And the colour of Tango was not what we think it to be Red and Black but Orange..but we will explore that in another story.

The most famous icon to have started the tread of tango and style would surly be Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor. Nicknamed “The Great Latin Lover”, he was one of the first male movie sex symbols and gained attention for his rendition of the Argentine tango..

Valentino received his first real shot at stardom as Julio in Rex Ingram’s epic THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1921). First appearing in the bar room scene, a passionate Valentino mesmerized audiences and tangoed his way to instant celebrity (providing some great PR for the dance itself)"

You can see the original article (posted on November 16, 2014) here: http://angelafacchinitangocouture

About Angela Facchini

Angela has become one of the world leaders in Tango Couture. Italy is a great base for her as (in addition to being of Italian heritage) the country has a thriving tango culture and tango is now considered by many there to be Italy's national dance! 

Angela has designed for many of the leading tango dancers in Italy including  Sabrina Amato, Anna Maria Ferrara, Daniela Damofonti, Francesca Del Buono, Bibianna Reynoso and Victoria Maria Arenillas. 

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Anna Maria Ferrara, wearing one of Angela's designs at Tango Couture 2012 Collection

Her journey in the fashion industry was inspired by her Italian family roots and their entrepreneurial spirit. Angela's father created a successful business manufacturing wooden clothes hangers for the Sydney rag trade and her mother was an accomplished embroiderer.

You can read more about Angela and her Tango Couture here.

The cravat is back!

posted Aug 21, 2014, 4:15 PM by Sophia de Lautour

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According to the following article by Harry Conway of The Guardian, the cravat is back! -  Gentlemen the cravat is back

It seems to have always been in fashion in Argentina, and is often worn by tango dancers. Now the rest of the world is taking an interest in the alluring cravat!

Are you a fan of it?

Beautiful back

posted Jul 3, 2014, 5:05 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 5:08 PM ]

Beautiful backed frocks are made for tango! Here's a lovely one...

Nice tango frock!

posted May 21, 2014, 2:19 PM by Sophia de Lautour

Very sexy back of frock!
Why is this man smiling so much? (stupid question)

New hair fashion for tangueros?

posted May 7, 2014, 12:13 AM by Sophia de Lautour

Yes it's a trivial subject... but indulge me...

The upper is photo of some of the performers at the recent Beirut Tango Festival.  To the right are one of my favourite tango couples Ariadne Naveira and Fernando Sanchez. To their left is Mazen Kiwan, a tango dancer and choreographer, originally from Lebanon, who is now based in Paris. What most caught my eye in this photo was Mazen's unique beard. In the lower photo you will find that his locks are similarly eye catching. Quite wizard-like!

I'm sure the latter photo will catch the eye of many, not only for their beautiful hair of it's subjects:-)
lower image source: Mazen Kiwan

Flower Power Tango!

posted Apr 29, 2014, 1:31 PM by Sophia de Lautour

The floral theme is definitely in for tangueras it seems...

In Basel, Switzerland!
image source: OsterTango Festival
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Meanwhile in Brisbane, Australia...
Floral tango skirts by Jheart Tango!
images source: Jheart Tango

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And here's one famous tanguera that really embraces flower power - Virginia Pandolfi! 

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If men find women's lingerie sexy what do tangueras find sexy in tangueros?...

posted Apr 27, 2014, 4:54 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

image source: Wedding Banned 

Fashion tips for Tango dancers

posted Mar 7, 2014, 3:30 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Apr 27, 2014, 3:09 PM ]

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Found this interesting article which is an interview with a popular tango fashion designer Nana from Romania. Her label is LaSastresa. 

Nana discusses how the fabrics and cut of our clothes reveal how we feel about our dancing, can increase our enjoyment of tango, and open up new opportunities!

It's quite a long article. For her fashion tips (for men and women) see the purple box at the end.

Something for tango shoe addicts...

posted Feb 23, 2014, 9:49 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 3:09 AM ]

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Like many tangueras, I am a big fan of  'Comme Il Fauts'...the shoes that is...I like the Tango song by the same name, but it's the shoes that are most preoccupying! 

Every visit to Buenos Aires necessitates a number of trips to their boutique in Recoleta, and each trip is a feast to the eyes for this tango shoe addict! 

The following video gives the back story to these beautiful shoes, and features Alicia Muniz, the enterprising tanguera that started up the Comme Il Faut shoe range.  You' ll find out more about Alicia here, and how she became the most successful tango shoe mogul in Buenos Aires.

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