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    On the flip side, some of my favorite skaters have appeared in costumes that have made me shake my head in dismay. "What were they thinking???"

    Many of the ice dancers have worn costumes that resemble thrown-together rags. Just simply UGLY. Pieces of fabric, beads, and feathers all over the place. YUK.

    Lobocheva/Averbukh and Anissina/Peizerat both win the booby prize for "Most Ugly Costumes", in my estimation. Their garish costumes were so distracting! I spent more time watching their outfits - to see if anything would fall off - than I did watching their performances.

    Maria Butryaskaya never did settle the "panty issue". Her exposed fanny was quite distracting, and her costumes were pretty scant. Not enough skin was covered, and the fit was very unflattering, in my opinion.

    Sarah Hughes has worn a few costumes that resemble the style of bathing suits that were fashionable in the 1950s. Very long skirt, no sleeves, long cut. Ugh.

    Irina Slutskaya has worn some perfectly AWFUL skating costumes.
    Her 2002 Winter Olympics long program dress resembled a patchwork quilt. Some of her other dresses looked like rags.
    I really like Irina, but her costumes -- ugh.

    Anyone out there with similar complaints??

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    Well, my favorite skater is Evgeni, and I know some of his costumes will
    get totally bashed here, but I love them. The only one I don't care for is
    the one for Once Upon a Time in America, and it would be okay except for
    the weird things on his shoulders. What are those? Why are they there?
    I don't know....

    Some other skaters have worn hideous outfits, but not (crossing my fingers!)
    my favorites. (Yes, I did like Alexander Abt's Bolero costume )

    Laura

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    I love Yags, and his costumes the last few seasons were great. However, the worst costume does go to him:

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    Oh goody!! A fun, slightly snarky thread!!!

    The Russians:

    Abt's Psilocybin Sailor costume
    Abt's orange, black, and mesh Bolero costume
    Just about anything Plush has worn
    Vika's spider/bat costume
    Irina's psychedelic orange and purple Victory costume
    Irina's Oly Tosca costume (loved the patchwork comment!!)
    The Loverbukh's shredded newsprint FD costume from the Olys
    The Loverbukh's BLINDING chartreuse FD costumes from this past season
    Klimkin's eville klown costume
    Sokolova's Hunchback costume
    Maxim Marinin's Cotton Club zoot suit with penguin spat boot covers
    T/M's Grieg SP costume (there should be an ISU rule prohibiting plants from being a part of costumes)


    .....what is it with Russian skaters and their love for asymetrical, gloved, shredded getups? I've often wondered if they design garish, unattractive costumes to divert attention away from the skating itself.

    The Americans:

    Sasha's majorette LP costume from this season (no wonder she wore boot covers - with white skates, all she would need are a couple of pom-poms on them to complete the look)

    Sasha's Carmen Oly LP costume
    Sarah's SP and LP costumes from Nats this past season

    Michelle's repetitive tank-wth-short-skirt ensembles (but esp the turquoise with oatmeal on the front- thanks, Fetal!!) LP costume.

    AP's overly sparkled Madame Butterfly costume
    Tim's Terrible Tunics
    Weiss' orange and black Metallica/Van Halen getup
    Weiss's Village People Rolling Stone's vest and pants
    Debi Thomas' body suit from 1988
    Kristi's freaky bellhop outfit - looked like an escapee from Roly Poly Olie
    Tara's ever-famous yodeling communion dress

    Here, there, and everywhere:

    B/K's green dinner mints OD costume this past season
    B/K's FD costume from this past season (with that thing on her shoulder, I thought she was one of the Borg)

    Liashenko's electric blue violin violation costume
    Lambiels blue and orange (looked like an Auburn fan on psychedelics)
    Pang & Tong's blah LP costume (she wore a neckerchief? [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color]?)
    Sandhu's Heidi on Acid costume
    Oksana Baiul's electric poodle costume

    Sorry for the long ramble.....

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    I absolutely cannot stand that shredded mess look of the Russians either. Way too much crappy flesh fabric, which should only be used in tiny tiny amounts to retain modesty. Not covering your entire arms with what looks like baggy skin. Ugh.

    Perfect example, Elena Sokolova (from jayadeff.com):


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    OT -- "BlurrySarah? OK, I've got to know what that name means. Is it Australian slang?

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    No no, not at all. I don't really know where it came from, I think it was an off the top of my head thing way back in '96. It also fits because I'm so lethargic and tired all the time :D

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    This has always been one of my favorite Star Trek episodes


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    I love Sasha, but her last dress for her Rach LP that she designed was horrid.

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    I don't see anything wrong with Kulik's outfit here. As far as I remember he skated to a theme called "Bajazzo", and the costume matches exactly. Frankly, I got a whole lot more problems with his LP costume in Nagano; how he could skate in that infamous yellow-black-white "giraffe" suit to "Rhapsody in "Blue" is beyond me! However - still a great program!

    Agree with Yags' "Banana" outfit; but it got better after that ... :D
    And Sandhu's "Heidi on Acid" - one, hate the costume, love the name!

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    The absolute WORST costume in my opinion (aside from a variety of ice dance nightmares) was Tara's "Swiss Miss--Heidi" outfit for her short program from the 98 Olympic season. Ironically, a woman who won at Adult Nationals this year wore something similar, and it was just as unflattering on a woman over 30 as it was on Tara!! That "little girl dirndl" look belongs on no-one over the age of 8. Ironically, Tara used this dress instead of a beautiful pink one Jeff Billings designed for her as she and her Mom felt that dress was too "girlish." (What the heck was the "Heidi" dress--a study in maturity???!!!!) I saw a photo of the pink dress and while it was youthful, it was gorgeous and much better than that shepherdess disaster.

    I also wish youthful looking skaters such as Tara and Sasha would stop wearing anything with a corset or "stomacher" look--there is no reason to overemphasize what you don't have!!

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    Hmmm...I liked Tara's SP dress. There must be something wrong with me if everyone else dislikes it... It was the blue LP one that I thought was butt ugly.

    I agree with everything else in this thread, though, even the comment about Michelle Kwan wearing sleeves. I love her dresses (ok, maybe not the blue LP one this year so much), but I would like to see some sleeves. They must bother her to not wear them.

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    Oh goody!! A fun, slightly snarky thread!!!
    I love the word "snarky"!

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    IdleRacer, I hope you all understand the cosmic significance of this costume. Ilia is half-white/half-black. The other guy is an aristocrat, as you can tell because he is half-black/half-white. Thus Ilia is aligning himself with the downtrodden revolutionaries.

    BlurrySarah, just call me DroopyLarry.

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    When I think of worst-ever costumes, Oksana Baiul's ostrich-feather dress is the first one I thought of....

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