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A catsuit is a close-fitting one-piece garment that covers the torso and the legs, and frequently the arms. They are usually made from stretchable material, such as lycra, chiffon, spandex (after 1959), leather, latex, PVC, or velour, and frequently close using a zipper at the front or back.
Catsuits, which date from at least the 1940s, can be worn by both men and women, and, despite the name, do not generally have feline characteristics.
Catsuits were occasionally worn as a high fashion item at various times from the 1960s to the 1990s. During the 1970s and 1980s they were worn for aerobics and disco dancing. Around 1980 disco dance catsuits briefly became a street fashion item in the UK.
Athletes in sports such as speed skating, bobsled, winter triathlon, ski-racing, cycling and gymnastics wear garments that are similar to catsuits, but which are specifically geared to the needs of the sport involved. Also similar in appearance are wetsuits and drysuits used by scuba divers, and the speedsuits used by competitive swimmers before the more extreme forms of the suit were banned. Also, in tennis Serena Williams once wore a black catsuit during the 2002 US Open.
On stage, American singer Lady Miss Kier often used catsuits. Unitards and bodysuits worn by dancers, circus performers, pop singers and magicians are similar to catsuits.
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The catsuit is often worn in movies, television, music videos and computer games.
An iconic use of catsuits in popular media was on the British television show The Avengers, where Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) wore tight leather catsuits; leather was chosen because it lit well in studio lighting and did not split during action scenes.
Shirley Bassey wore a sleeveless chiffon catsuit for a gatefold album photograph, and in concert.
Cher has also worn catsuits in concert.
In comics and their spin-off movies, catsuits are often worn by superheroes of both sexes. One well-known icon is Catwoman, the villainess/anti-heroine of the Batman series, who has worn a number of different styles of catsuit in her numerous film, comic book and cartoon adaptations. A heroine in the Batman series, Batgirl, also wore catsuits.
The character of Jade in the Wrong Number novel from R. L. Stine's Fear Street series has an affinity for wearing catsuits.
In popular culture, dominatrixes are often portrayed as wearing catsuits, to the extent that it has become their stereotypical costume.
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