The Evolution of the Leotard

I can do more than parse Hebrew written on the sleeve of Gabby Douglas’ leotard for mean. I can also write about the fashion of leotards too. (This might be the only kind of fashion story I’m qualified to write.)

Today over at ELLE, I have a new story up on the evolution of the leotard–how it went from granny cuts to the shiny glitter-fest we currently see out on the podium. To trace the progress of the athletic apparel that has given ever top gymnast a wedgie at one point or another, I spoke to designers at GK Elite and Alpha Factor about fashion influences, changes in fabric technology, and of course, all of those crystals.

Check out the article if you want to know just how many crystals are on Team USA’s leotards. DO IT.