Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dancing with the Stars: Modest Male Designers?!

Okay, just when I am getting cynical as all get-out, something happens to surprise and encourage me. Last week I couldn't have been more down on Dancing with the Stars, but last night my view (and I'm speaking literally here) of the show picked up a bit. At first, I thought it was just because the dancing had improved across the board, which it did, especially Julianne and Chuck's number. But it wasn't long until I realized that the biggest and best improvement was the bigger (and again, I'm speaking quite literally here) and better costuming. Most of the women actually had some clothes on! And even more interesting, it was the men who had designed their outfits!!

Now, THAT captured my imagination. How many years did I hear my dad tell me that men liked it best when women left a little to the imagination? Today's culture tells me otherwise (and I've been pretty much assuming that the male population at large was heavily in favor of immodest dress), but last night, the costuming on DWTS made a powerful argument on the side of my dad. For the most part,  the female dancers wore bona fide dresses rather than sparkly scraps of strategically placed material. Of course, Edyta got tangled up in hers and almost took a dive, but hey...What's a little collateral damage in the cause of modesty? (I was amused when the host deadpanned something to the effect that we now realize the reason Edyta always dresses so scantily: for her own protection.)

To tell the truth, I'd forgotten that the men were supposed to design the costumes this week until Tom Bergeron reminded the audience at one point. It was then that I took a mental bow in my dad's direction. Apparently, he knew whereof he spake. Perhaps not for the majority of men in the world, but at least for the majority of men on Dancing with the Stars, more is more. That's right. More is more. More clothing is more classy. More coverage is more compelling. More apparel is more appealing.

And the whole less is more thing refers only to such things as make-up. 

And food, more's the pity.


jen said...

Less is also more when it comes to poopy pants, full vacuum bags, and DAYS IN BED!

karen said...

I have to agree with you - I loved last night's DWTS! (And you know that Gilles and Cheryl are my favorites this time around!) The costumes were really nice, and lots of fun. Don't you wish you could bust a move like they do?

Natalie said...

Hooray for modest male designers!!That really is very interesting. Ohhh, I'm just thinking, wouldn't that entire premise make for a really cool social experiment?

Sue said...

Excellent point, Jen.


Brittany said...

Hi! Speaking of modesty... I thought you might be interested in sharing a fun music video my family and I made about modesty. Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/UXzWNQT1cJk . My husband and some friends wrote the song as a means to communicating the sensitive subject of modesty to a show choir at the University of Utah's Institute of Religion some years ago. It was a big hit and we feel like it might help young women to get the message. Thanks, enjoy!


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