Workout and dance bodywear looks
RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 1/19/2012, 3:17 p.m.
For yoga, workouts and dance, KD dance introduces a full collection of flexible, functional knits and coordinating bodywear designed and constructed for endurance, styling and comfort. Knowing that dancers can spend entire days in their workout attire, these pieces are essential and so easy to wear.
When training, teachers and dancers are conscious of their body lines. KD dance was designed to reveal the contours of the body. Some details include plunging necklines, fitted tops and snug leggings in Lycra-blended fabrics that are the company's signatures. These pieces are functional, yet sexy.
Another signature KD dance look is the sheerness of the fabrics used. Heavy fabrics restrict movement and cause overheating. KD dance solved this problem by using lightweight gauzes and very sheer knit fabrics.
The company also uses an array of colors. The exceptional dancewear is made of silks, merino wool, fine brushed cotton blended with Lycra and premium soft acrylics.
KD dance founders Tricia Kaye and David Lee have been creating knits for dancers and stars of the dance and entertainment community since 1980. The two met in Oakland, Calif., at the Oakland Ballet Company, where Kaye was the ballet mistress and Lee was one of the company's dancers.
They established a small operation out of their home in the Bay Area as a sideline to their dance careers and began selling their dancewear to students, fellow company members and visiting professionals. The partners moved to the South Bronx to establish a facility to manufacture their brand in 1987.
Kaye has studied design technology in Japan and is the company's chief technical designer. Lee studied at the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. He also attended the American University for filmmaking.
As president of KD Dids, the company that produces the KD dance clothing line, Lee has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. He focuses on marketing and sales.
Since its beginning, KD dance has grown significantly and established a reputation and niche for quality. Some of their clients include well-known dance brands like Capezio and Freed of London.
In their collections, KD dance's signature style features are comfort, clean, modern styling and soft color palettes. Their stretchable pieces are highly desirable.
A KD dance retail store was opened in Noho in 1996, and today the line is sold over the Internet and through dancewear retailers around the world. The line is available at www.kddance.com, Barneys, Fred Segal, Anthropologie and Boston Proper.