Pan-European Costumes

Bognor Regis International Dance Ensemble



 paneuropean costumes

The first set of costumes were made by Mrs. M. Douglas and Janet. These are not meant to represent any specific country but a generic style of costume containing common elements found in costumes throughout Europe (i.e. a white embroidered cotton blouse, floral patterned skirt with ribbon, aprons and a waistcoat).

The waistlines were around their natural waists (middle) for their first performance, but dropped lower towards the hips every year in line with fashion - not easy to combat - girls being so fashion conscious.


These costumes were made with ingenuity and ecological awareness. The waistcoats were made from unused upholstery fabric donated to the group.

There are a variety of aprons, woven, embroidered or decorated with lace, ribbon or applique. The only purchases from new were the ribbons, and a variety of buttons, fasteners and elastic.

The girls were asked to provide black plimsolls and wear white socks.

paneuropean costumes



Pan-European Costumes

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