(Closed) Inappropriate Dress for A Classical Pianist Performance?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Should critics include attire in reviews and was Yuja Wang's dress appropriate?
    The dress was completely fine and critics shouldn't say anything about attire. : (8 votes)
    8 %
    The dress was completely fine but a critic could include attire as part of the overall critique. : (8 votes)
    8 %
    The dress was inappropriate but it isn't the critic's place to judge attire. : (30 votes)
    30 %
    The dress was inappropriate and the critics were right in indicating so in their reviews. : (53 votes)
    52 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If people are watching a live performance, then yes attire is part of the experience.

    Post # 4
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I agree with you. I don’t think it’s appropriate to base judgement on an outfit if it’s appropriate. Nitpicky details should definitely be saved for those walking the red carpet. 

    However, wildly inappropriate outfits distract from a performance, and it’s totally fair game to criticize that.

    Post # 5
    14498 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Mrs.KMM: I agree with you, that it is the whole package that is part of the performance.  I also agree with you that her outfit is inappropriate.  I like when they are more formally dressed, it fits the ambiance better and doesn’t distract from the music.

    Post # 6
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I pretty much think, if you have the talent to back it up, wear whatever you want.

    Would that have been my pick for the venue, hell no. She has a great body but she looks like she’s going to a club.

    Post # 7
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    She is HOT. I think if classical music wants to survive/gain popularity they need to be a little less puritanical about people can wear on stage. Yes it is part of the performance but if I go to a live concert its because the acoustics are more interesting not because I’m curious about what the piano player is wearing.

    Post # 8
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    As a performer, I believe you need to dress to your performance at the time. It depends on your venue, your pieces for the night, your audience.


    There is a certain double standard though in classical music right now regarding women’s “dress codes” but that’s a whole different thread.

    Post # 9
    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I tend to agree with your opinion. I think that it is the artist’s responsibility to present themselves in a way that is coherent with what they are doing. I also think that they are responsible for using proper judgment as to what would be appropriate in the venue, to the demographic of people who will be viewing the performance, etc.
    I personally don’t think that her outfit was appropriate. I think that it could have definitely hurt her in that it was probably very distracting from her actual performance (which shows in the critic reviews). I think that she could have pulled off sexy, if that’s what she was going for, in a much classier manner.
    If it wasn’t a “classical” piano performance (if it was jazz, contemporary, trying to appeal to a younger demographic, etc.) then I think that something that wasn’t a super sophisticated outfit could have been appropriate. Everything just needs to be taken into account.


    Post # 10
    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m a little more traditional, so I would never be caught in something like that while performing in that type of setting. A Brittney Spears concert, sure.

    I understand it is her right to express herself as she sees fit, but I probably would have kept in mind the history and culture of a more decadent affair as not to offend my audience ( who pays and patronizes to make these types of performances a success)


    Post # 11
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    If I was in the audience I would have been shocked. It would have been hard to enjoy her music for me because I would have been wondering why she dressed like that. Even now people are talking more about her looks then her talent which is a shame.

    Post # 13
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    she looks a little “stripperish”. maybe not the best decision for a piano performance, but if it floats her boat…

    Post # 15
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think it’s distracting and therefore takes away from the performance, as others have mentioned…therefore, it’s totally fair game for critis to mention it.

    If I wore something like that to MY job, where I am not even seen by our clients/customers, I would be sent home. I don’t see how it’s any different in this case.

    She is very attractive and has a nice body, etc…but it’s not the proper attire for her job.

    Post # 16
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Looks like she is a back up dancer to a pop singer or getting on stage to strip or going to a club to dance all night. From that photo, I would have never guessed she was a pianist.

    Sadly, people are going to judge what you wear. I mean, look at Venus and Serena. Great tennis players, but crictics are always talking about what they are wearing.

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