I mentioned in the my last post that I took two pairs of the white Chinese disco pants to get altered when I picked up the charcoal AA pants. I’m pretty excited about those because they are bright white unlike any of the higher quality vintage pairs or AA pairs. So I’m going to have a sweet pair of uniquely white spandex disco pants that don’t fit like leggings! And a pair of bright white shiny spandex disco cutoff shorts for summer, too!
If you’re still on the fence about those Chinese disco pants, I do continue to recommend them. If you only get one or two colors go for black and white or navy. Just keep in mind that the lighter colors tend to be translucent as is true with the thicker, higher quality variety.
In other news, I just found out about a movie from 1984 called “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” which features The Currie Sisters as rock singers. Naturally, I wouldn’t even mention this flick if it weren’t for the fact that there is a scene of them performing a song called “Steel” at a beach wearing royal blue spandex disco pants. This takes place about 73 minutes into the film, with the film running a total of about 82 minutes. There are other scenes where they’re wearing shiny spandex one-piece outfits. I don’t care for those but if you do then there is more reason to watch the entire movie. The movie is characteristically 80s and other than the scene with the blue spandex jeans I wouldn’t care to watch it. Here is a still:
Quality is not very good, I know, but you can still see the body-hugging and shimmery aspects of the pants. Note how their pants, the stage floor and the drum set are all royal blue. Also note Fran Drescher in the lower left corner. I always thought she would look fabulous in spandex jeans herself. I wonder if she ever wore any….
This movie being from 1984 is one of the later examples of disco pants being seen. I’d say the peak period was from 1978-1982 with some drop-off in 1983-84 and much more sporadic instances the remainder of the decade. The nice thing about this example is that the individuals wearing disco pants were not shady types. They played themselves, as hotel workers who were discovered for their singing abilities. That was a refreshing change from the usual harlot-types or ditzy-types frequently found in these pants during this time.
Interestingly enough, this film and “Lovelines”, which I blogged about before and featured a character in gold disco pants and black disco pants, both came out in November of 1984. Apparently 1984 was ending on a good note in terms of spandex disco jeans.
Here is one more still of a closer view of one of the shiny blue pants: