The Lycra Legacy of Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical’

Athleisure, leggings, shapewear owe a debt of gratitude to the iconic video.

A funny thing happened when Kameron Lennox revisited the music video for “Physical,” the 1981 pop megahit by Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday.

For most of the video, Ms. Newton-John bounces around a gym, training and terrorizing out-of-shape men while wearing a white leotard. In true 1980s fashion, that leotard was layered over magenta leggings and under a robin’s-egg blue shirt, cinched with a belt and accessorized with thick socks and a sweatband.

As a Hollywood costume designer preparing to work on the Apple TV+ aerobics dramedy also called “Physical,” starring Rose Byrne, Ms. Lennox saw something she hadn’t

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