Get into the disco fever


  • Lifestyle
  • Monday, 09 May 2011

Make your own disco-ball necklace.

DISCO glitter balls, illuminated disco dance floor, 1970s disco music spinning numbers by Donna Summer, and Patti LaBelle…

Yes, the 1970s disco diva is back in fashion. Disco was a genre of dance music that was widely embraced during that decade. The disco dance music scene became a vibrant alternative to the dark domination of rock music.

The legendary club Studio 54 opened in Manhattan in 1977. It was loved by celebrities and the public alike. In order to get in you had to be invited or selected by the owner Rubell and his doorman from the long queue outside the club. “Dressed to impress” became the key to get into Studio 54.

The typical disco diva styles then were hot pants and spandex tops, one shoulder dresses, halter neck jumpsuits and many more. Stretch fabrics like Lycra and spandex, and shiny fabrics such as satin and lame were very popular at that time. They showed off the curves of the wearer and at the same time, they reflected the disco lights.

Hair, make-up styles and accessories were important to complete the look. Long flowing hair, curly afro, healthy tanned skin and dramatic make-up were the in-thing. Chunky jewellery and platform shoes were definite “must haves”.

The film Saturday Night Fever in 1977 was a great representation of the disco scene at that time. In the Spring/Summer 2011 collections by Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and many other well-known fashion houses, catwalk shows were inspired by the 1970s disco diva.

The Halston style heavily influenced disco fashion trends. The brand was founded by American designer Roy Halston Frowick, who dressed many well known celebrities at that time such as Bianca Jagger, Lauren Hutton, Lauren Bacall and the late Elizabeth Taylor. His signature design style is sophisticated, chic and sensuous.

We can customise our very own 1970s disco diva “bling bling” necklace and dance the night away at Studio 54.

You will need:

Old necklace

Bling bling trimmings or sequins (you can recycle this from your old eveningwear)

Cardboard (you can recycle an empty tissue box or milk carton)

Scissors

Pencil

Craft glue

Sewing needle

Nylon thread

Step 1

Draw a circle on the cardboard with a pencil.Then, cut out the circle with a pair of scissors.

Step 2

Stick on the bling bling trimmings or sequins with the craft glue on to the cut-out circle. Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the circle.

Step 3

Once all the trimmings or sequins are securely glued on, make a small hole on the edge of the circle.

Step 4

Then, connect the finished bling bling pendant with your necklace by using a sewing needle and nylon thread. Voila! Your 70s disco ball necklace is done.

Fashion tips Do mix and match this disco inspired bling bling necklace with cut away slinky jersey or silk one-shoulder dress, jumpsuits in bold colour or psychedelic prints. For other matching accessories, you can go for a clutch bag, loop earrings, chunky bracelet, platform shoes or wedge heels. If you are daring enough, you can have wild crimped tresses, and spot stunning and dramatic eye make-up. Just imagine you are a disco diva like Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 dancing the night away! Don’t wear this disco necklace with formal serious eveningwear. It would be a disaster. Just remember the 70s disco fashion was outrageous and all about making your own fashion statement. Let your hair down and have a ball.

Do mix and match this disco inspired bling bling necklace with cut away slinky jersey or silk one-shoulder dress, jumpsuits in bold colour or psychedelic prints. For other matching accessories, you can go for a clutch bag, loop earrings, chunky bracelet, platform shoes or wedge heels. If you are daring enough, you can have wild crimped tresses, and spot stunning and dramatic eye make-up. Just imagine you are a disco diva like Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 dancing the night away!

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