Origin of the Leotard

Origin of the Leotard

Similar to the centuries-old tight-fitting hose worn by men throughout Europe, leotards were named for nineteenth-century French trapeze artist Jules Leotard. In the clinging costume that became his trademark, Leotard astonished audiences with his aerial somersault, as wells as his risqué outfit. He enjoyed a large female following. And he advised men that if they also wished “to be adored by the ladies,” they should “put on a more natural garb, which does not hide your best features.”

From: Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things By: Charles Panati

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