Martha Graham Steele, V. (2013) ‘Dance & fashion’, London; New Haven


'In a Graham performance, costume was integral to the choreography, designed to be functional while enhancing the visual effects of the dance. Every ruffle,seam, tuck and pleat was intended to amplify movement, in order to create a theatrical experience that resonated emotionally with her audience. Costume then became an important element in Graham's emerging dance form, and her style developed in tandem with the rise of American fashion - which also valued functionality, integrity of materials, and freedom of movement.'

Martha Graham ... experimented with the unadulterated movement of their own bodies, creating a form of dance that would reflect contemporary American life. Modern dancers were not alone in their aesthetic "rebellion". At the same time, artists in other disciplines were likewise challenging the dominant traditions of their fields. 

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