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Orientalist Art – bellydance costume inspiration

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A lot of inspiration can be gleaned from looking at Orientalist paintings. While we know that these images were to a large degree a Western fantasy version of the culture, they can provide a lot of ideas about how to combine color and texture for powerful effects. Look at the color combinations, look at their jewelry–in short, look to the details!

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Shay Moore is the director and primary instructor at Deep Roots Dance in Seattle, WA. She loves writing, movies, costuming, knitting, cooking, and bellydance to the moon and back again; and loves her amazing husband and doggies even more than that.

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