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Flashdance Costume

Updated on September 28, 2014

How to Make Your Own Flash Dance Costume

One of my favorite movies has got to be Flashdance. Not only do I love the Flashdance costumes but I am a huge fan of Jennifer Beals. She plays the role of a beautiful girl willing to do just about anything to attain her dream and is called Alex Owens. To fund her dream, by day she's a welder and at night she dances in an exotic club. However, these are just a means to an end as she has always wanted to be a ballet dancer.

However, getting into a top ballet school isn't easy and they are expensive. She knows the only way to get into her dream dance school is to work her butt off and to ace the audition.

Meanwhile the audience gets to see Alex in lots of different looks that range from a welder outfit to various dance costumes. Not only are these outfits great for dancers but they make great costumes for themed parties or for Halloween.

Key Scenes From The Movie

Not sure which of the Flashdance outfits you want to go to the party in. Here's a quick rundown of some of the key scenes in the movie to choose from. I love how she always looks amazing, even when she's just wearing jeans and a loose top!

Take Your Passion and Make it Happen!

— Flashdance Movie Tag Line

Look Like An 80's Dancer

Jennifer Beals Poster
Jennifer Beals Poster

Jennifer Beals Poster from Allposters

If you want to look like Jennifer Beals from Flashdance then you're gonna have to get her look. The first thing that makes her memorable is her big hair. This was a very popular look in the 1980s. You can copy her look with an 80's wig.

Welder by Day

What's so surprising about this movie is the lead character has always dreamed of being a dancer. It's such a girly career that it's so unexpected that to pursue her dream she has a job as a welder during the day.

The great thing about this costume is you could start the night off as the welder chick and somewhere during the party remove some layers and have the dance costume on underneath.

Alex mostly wears jeans so it should be easy enough to have a leotard or sexy lingerie on underneath all this clothing and no-one will even be able to guess.

Hobart 770286 Flip Front Welding Helmet
Hobart 770286 Flip Front Welding Helmet

Alex wears this to protect her pretty face at her day job. She has her name written in white on the front of the mask. I guess that makes it easier to know who's behind the mask, but I doubt there are that many welders that have her body!

BSX Flame-Resistant Welding Jacket - Black with Red Flames, Size Large
BSX Flame-Resistant Welding Jacket - Black with Red Flames, Size Large

She also wears a black welders jacket to protect herself from any sparks or other dangers of the job.

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather, Blue - 14"
US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather, Blue - 14"

And these gloves are perfect for welders too.


Flashdance Final Dance Scene

Why I Love Flashdance!

To me Flashdance is such an inspirational movie. Alex would give anything to be a ballet dancer, but she doesn't come from a privileged background. She doesn't have the money or the connections to get into a ballet school. She doesn't let that stop her from reaching her dreams, even when she is unsuccessful at her first audition.

Instead of sulking in the corner, she works hard during the day as a welder and practices her craft at night as an exotic dancer.

Maniac Workout Scene

What You Need to Make Your Own Version

Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, not only has some great dance moves but she also knows what to wear to get noticed. When she works out to her favorite track Maniac and goes for her auditions, she likes to keep things simple and sticks to black.

She's not your average ballet dancer and is more "street" so you would never find her in a pink tutu. Instead she normally wears either a black leotard or black high necked top with matching dance pants along with matching ballet shoes and a pair of leg warmers.

Capezio Women's Tank Leotard
Capezio Women's Tank Leotard

This is very similar to the leotard worn in the movie. Ok it's not a high leg leotard like the one worn by the main actress in the movie, but that was the kind of leotards they wore back then in the 80's. They aren't as popular now and you might want to be comfortable at this costume party you are going to.

Capezio Women's Brief
Capezio Women's Brief

These are available in black too and are a perfect match for the top above.

Roma Costume Leg Warmer
Roma Costume Leg Warmer

These are just like the ones she wore in the movie!

Capezio Women's Daisy Ballet Shoe
Capezio Women's Daisy Ballet Shoe

These black ballet shoes finish off the outfit perfectly.


Iconic Scene From The Movie

When most people think of Flashdance they remember that scene with the dancer on the chair and the water hitting her while she's wearing almost nothing.

If this is the Flashdance costume you want to recreate then that's fairly simple too. She begins in an over-sized suit. It's most likely a guys suit, so raid a guys closet that you have access to. Here's one time you get to play dress up in his closet. You might want to ask first.

Then you can wear a pair of silver dance shoes and some sexy lingerie. It looks like she's wearing a red teddy in the clip below

Actual Flashdance Costumes Available Online

If you're less worried about an authentic costume and just want one that makes it obvious who it is you are trying to portray, then try out these actual Flashdance costumes available on Ebay.

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Clearly J Lo is a Fan Too

J Lo made this music video as homage to the movie Flashdance. Clearly she's a big fan!

A Modern Take on The Flashdance Look

if you are looking for a more modern version of the Flashdance outfit then you can check out the music video below featuring Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls) and her copy of It's Raining Men.

The video is a cross between the final dance scene from Flashdance, even including the part where she falls and has to start again. Then it kinda gets mixed up with what looks like the kids from Fame.

This song was used in the Brigitte Diary movie.

I've always wanted to dress up like a dancer for Halloween, but I feel I don't have the body to pull this look off.

Which Version Are You Planning to Dress Up As?

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @Minoru10: Yeah I know if you watch the part with the backspin you can see it's a different person, I noticed the hair looked different.

      It's crazy to think that last dance scene was actually done by four different people - Jennifer Beals, her body double, a gymnast does the bit where she flies through the air and then Crazy Legs does the break dancing part. I was reading that he tried to teach the body double and the gymnast how to do the move but all they got were bruises trying to do, so in the end they asked him to shave his moustache off, wear the outfit and do the dance.

      Probably the best move of his career!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I love this movie and watched it many times. I love the last dance scene with Jennifer Beals. And the backspin actually done by "Crazy Legs" from the "Rock Steady Crew". And the break dancing scene in the streets. The magic of the 80's just cannot be compared. Along with the music !!! Thankyou for this lens!!!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: Waw congrats! It's motivated me to start going to the gym.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I love flashdance! sounds like a fun costume for Halloween hmmm I've been hitting the gym lately so I just might be able to pull it off.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Boy do I remember legwarmers! lol

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I know I don't have the body to dress up like a dancer for Halloween but I enjoyed remembering Flashdance.