Bolero Jackets for the Men
I've perused some of my old figure skating books and viewed some of my old vintage highlight films, and I again feel a sense of nostalgia at seeing all of the men - singles, pairs, and dance - wearing bolero jackets, white shirts, ties, and matching pants.
There was Dick Button, wearing a white bolero jacket and dark pants when he won his second Olympic gold medal in 1952.
And there was Hayes Jenkins winning Olympic gold in 1956, his younger brother David winning the gold in 1960, both attired in bolero jacket outfits. There's Bob Paul skating with Barbara Wagner, he wearing a nifty bolero pants outfit.
OK, perhaps on one level the men looked a little bit like waiters from a swank eating establishment, but I think they looked great.
One of the first men to break away from this tradition was John Misha Petkevich, who shocked the establishment by wearing a frilly blouse and a sort of jumpsuit in the late 1960s. His maverick attire was not appreciated by the judges, and he paid for his individualistic style, at least as far as the marks were concerned.
I remember how skaters like Scott Hamilton wore jumpsuits, a style that became the rage in the 1970s and 1980s.
I thought it was so refreshing when Kurt Browning took to the ice in 1993/1994 to skate his "Casablanca" long program dressed in a waiter's outfit - white bolero jacket, dark pants. Way to go!
Yes Kurt looked GREAT(hot too ) in his Casablanca costume
Scott looked like a Frog in his speedskater suits LOL
LOL...I think Scott Hamilton wanted to get back to a simple skating outfit, sans the sequins and frilly material that some of the
men were wearing, so he chose the "speed skater suit" look.
I'm with Hamilton on this. Simple costumes for the males (and simple adornaments for the ladies) would suit me fine. I'm there to watch figure skating not Ziegfeldt Follies.
I liked the Bolero jackets too. If the costume is too "over the top", it ruins the lines to me.
Yes, I agree with those who think simplicity is the key to costuming. I prefer the more elegant to the frills, sequins, and dangling stuff. With such busy costumes, it really does take away from the performance. I sometimes wonder if this isn't done purposely.
The raving about Kwan's costumes the last couple of years has confused me. Although her skating, especially last season, was excellent, I didn't care for that braided stuff on her costume. It was just way too much. When you skate like Kwan, you just need a simple skating dress.
Personally, I think the ice dancers take the cake, so to speak. They are way over the top with some of the get-ups displayed.
I guess we have talked this costume issue into the ground here on the forum. If I were to give one word advice to costumers it would be "simplicity". Enough said.
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