Photograph of a circus artist
Gaston & Mathieu
Visit card depicting a circus performer, probably an acrobat, dressed with a fringed leotard.
This type of skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs exposed, was used by circus performers as acrobats for performance costumes and comes from the French acrobatic performer Jules LEOTARD (1838–1870). The first known use of the name leotard came only in 1886, many years after Jules LEOTARD's death. LEOTARD himself called the garment a "maillot", which is a general French word for different types of tight-fitting shirts or sports shirts. In the early 20th century, leotards were mainly confined to circus and acrobatic shows, worn by the specialists who performed these acts.
Length : 6.3 cm
Height : 10.5 cm
2018.31.5 - 2018.23.9 "SECRETS DE SILHOUETTES" Musée Provençal du Costume et du Bijou, Grasse, France