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    Skating Costumes

    Here is a thread for discussion about skating costumes.
    Please share pics/clips of costumes you love...and love to hate

    Since I am no expert on fashion I thought this clip with Peggy Fleming talking about the evolution of skating dresses would be a good way to get started.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfBzV4zoJ4M

    and here is a good one with Vera Wang talking about the costumes she created for Nancy K.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-gTH-RDYJQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigrid View Post
    I like the costumes you selected too.

    Here is one I like: Alissa's "Sabrina" dress. A little different but just perfect for her and the program.

    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/a.../nats07/4.html

    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/a.../nats07/7.html

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    I think it's important to see the costume in the context of the program they were used for before declaring it good or bad.

    There are a couple of really extreme costumes this year, both due to the fact that the people involved are performing circus programs.

    Zhiganshina / Gaszi SD (check out his socks!) But given it's circus, I quite like these, and the costume worked better in motion than you would think.

    http://photography.ice-dance.com/201...-ZG-LC.jpg.php

    Alena Leonova SP (check out the ping pong ball corsage and the odd way the sleeves and gloves fit together) This on the other hand does nothing for me.
    http://photo.fsonline.ru/main.php?g2_itemId=28445

    These costumes remind me of the old saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity-anything that gets your name in front of the public is a good thing.

    Costumes that disturb me more than these are often ones that people rave about as tasteful, but have some tiny thing odd about them IMO, or which behave strangely in motion:
    For example, Tessa Virtue's Mahler FD dress. The way the bodice was cut & workmanshiip at the top of the bodice always bothered me as a bit off. I expected Tim Gunn to come out and critique it, calling on the designer to fix it, and make it work. Otherwise, it was a great costume that flattered her and moved well, but the asymetrical bodice cut looked very odd at several angles and tended to pouch up in action (photo 2)
    http://www.ambassadors.net/images/te...cott_moir2.jpg
    http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/sports/...ue-moir584.jpg

    I also have never liked Nancy Kerrigan's much praised Olympic gold Vera Wang.
    http://0.tqn.com/d/womenshistory/1/0...1216669_10.jpg

    I don't like how low the armpits are cut, and the fabric, while wildly expensive, didn't seem to me to show well at usual arena viewing distance.
    http://0.tqn.com/d/womenshistory/1/0...1224987_10.jpg
    Where it could just as well have been dotted swiss rather than little golden plaques. IMO, it was an over expensive boring, costume.

    What did I like?
    Well, I agree about Meryl's GW CD dress! It was fabulous and fit her and the waltz beautifully. It also moved well.

    Jayne Torvill's paso doble dress was a masterpiece:
    http://0.tqn.com/d/figureskating/1/0...lldeanpaso.jpg
    The way the batwing sleeves worked in motion truly added to the dance, and to the intended impression that he was a matador and she was the cape.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaJtKHeis_g

    Kat Witt did a very similar dress, and it worked well for her too;
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    I must be the only one who likes the clown costumes, even the shocks!!!!
    thanx for the thread opening jntfan!
    I was hoping to start from here!

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    seniorita, if you'll look, I quite like Z&G's, so I like 2 of 3 clown costumes

    And I suppose another place to start is

    http://www.artofskating.com/khxc/med...-C10082695.jpg

    the costume that Boitano's 1988 SP costume was based on.

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    Hooray! A splendid, inspired thread. I can't look at all the videos right now because I'm at work, but I can't wait to have a fabric pig-out when I get home.

    Even without seeing it to refresh my memory, I can vote yes for Torvill's paso doble dress. It was gorgeous, I agree.

    I loved Michelle's dark burgundy dress for Song of the Black Swan. She looks terrific in dark, rich colors.

    Costumes that echo street clothes are often my favorites. The trend of guys skating in jeans (generally for pro or exhibition programs) pleases me—for example, Underhill and Martini in several of their Landover programs. Costumes like those do what Gene Kelly tried to do with his dancing--bring it out of the elevated, highbrow realm into the streets. Not that skating always has to be that way, but it's a nice extra dimension. Two of the best "street clothes" his/hers combinations were the Duchesnays' outfits for "Missing" and the casual attire worn by Sale/Pelletier for "Love Story."

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    I was hoping to start from here!
    I'm no expert on costumes, but it's fun. So here you go (There are a lot of gaps need to be filled):

    Men's costumes years in progress (or regress):

    Dick Button
    http://listsoplenty.com/blog/wp-cont...-1952-Oslo.jpg

    John Curry
    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/200...05_468x477.jpg

    Scott Hamilton
    http://youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily....t-hamilton.jpg

    Brian Boitano
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rnERrcZ9Y7...1600/brian.jpg

    Alexei Urmanov
    http://www.leigh-i-am.com/Keri99/299keri37.jpg

    Alexei Yagudin
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/...b52cf581ae.jpg

    Jeffrey Buttle
    http://www.geocities.jp/aura2002mita...NO-BUTTLE1.JPG

    Evgeni Plushenko
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2008/08/14/270535_4.jpg


    Daisuke Takahashi
    http://www.stephenrademan.com/images...ahashi-334.jpg

    Johnny Weir
    http://jeffwise.files.wordpress.com/...ohnny-weir.jpg

    Brian Joubert
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...an_Joubert.JPG

    Johnny Weir
    http://jeffwise.files.wordpress.com/...ohnny-weir.jpg

    Jeremy Abbott
    http://wintergames.ap.org/Content/pr...672995286c.jpg

    I'm too boring to appreciate Urmanov and Weir's costumes in general. I prefer Boitano, Yagudin, and last year's Abbott.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    seniorita, if you'll look, I quite like Z&G's, so I like 2 of 3 clown costumes

    And I suppose another place to start is

    http://www.artofskating.com/khxc/med...-C10082695.jpg

    the costume that Boitano's 1988 SP costume was based on.
    Then it is two of us Z&G costume is what I meant, cant wait to see this program in video I used to like the flashy ice dance costumes before they became too elegant..dont ask me why, I just loved that the costumes couldnt be worn anywhere else, now Tessa's dress are wonderful but is something we could wear on a dinner!

    I had not watched the sp of Boitano until some days ago, I was always watching the lp and it was very nice, like he was skating in pride and prejudice , so this is a costume of 1800s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    I'm no expert on costumes, but it's fun. So here you go (There are a lot of gaps need to be filled):

    Men's costumes years in progress (or regress):


    Alexei Urmanov
    http://www.leigh-i-am.com/Keri99/299keri37.jpg

    Johnny Weir
    http://jeffwise.files.wordpress.com/...ohnny-weir.jpg

    I'm too boring to appreciate Urmanov and Weir's costumes in general. I prefer Boitano, Yagudin, and last year's Abbott.

    The Urmanov costume ranks up there with the silliest I have ever seen.

    I am not clever enough to appreciate all the effort Johnny puts into his costumes either. Perhaps they are good but my taste is nothing at all like Johnny's taste.

    How about this one:

    http://sonjahenie.net/shg16.jpg

    or this

    http://nimg.sulekha.com/sports/thumb...-7-7-40-38.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Circus time.


    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Funny thing is that I like it. The royal blue and the gold - one of the best combination of the color. Miki was like a real Egypt queen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    Men's costumes years in progress (or regress):

    Dick Button
    http://listsoplenty.com/blog/wp-cont...-1952-Oslo.jpg
    The all-time great costume. ISU rule: A skater's costume must be appropriate for an athletic competition.

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    As for Miki's Cleopatra costume , I don't think anyone had an objection to the colours..It was an accomplishment - too naked and too busy all at once .

    Here's one of my favourites from last year :http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/Q_H8S.../Ashley+Wagner
    Here we have lots of embellishment , but because there are not a lot of colours and they blend in , you get the feeling of sumptuousness without being overwhelmed. It has the exotic flavour of Orientalism without being brazen , or degenerating into burlesque. The shape of the dress on the body is simple and never distracts from what the skater is doing..and a beautiful cut on the skirt with just the right amount of fabric. Loved the hair ornament..

    So many of Alissa Czisny's costumes have made my good list. Loved the Sabrina costume, and this one..http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=h...w=1024&bih=587

    And yes, this one..http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=1503..including the chartreuse accents.

    I'll have to come back re : why I can't applaud Z/G..And as to Mathman's post ,while I don't think we will go back to those days, many , many of the costumes we see would be fine for a show, or exhibition, but really don't belong in a competition .
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    I also have never liked Nancy Kerrigan's much praised Olympic gold Vera Wang.
    http://0.tqn.com/d/womenshistory/1/0...1216669_10.jpg

    I don't like how low the armpits are cut, and the fabric, while wildly expensive, didn't seem to me to show well at usual arena viewing distance.
    http://0.tqn.com/d/womenshistory/1/0...1224987_10.jpg
    Where it could just as well have been dotted swiss rather than little golden plaques. IMO, it was an over expensive boring, costume.
    I agree. I have never been able to bring myself to love either of Nancy's 1994 Olympic costumes. Even though they are often praised for their elegant simplicity they have always seemed overworked to me, overly thought out. I now that I've seen that clip that Janetfan provided, I can see that they WERE excessively thought out. But I can appreciate both dresses for their role in figure skating fashion history. They ushered in the idea of understated, "evening wear" look that is so popular today.

    I think Vera Wang perfected her art with Michelle Kwan. There are so many great Michelle Kwan costumes. They were all simple but glamorous at the same time - and SOOOO flattering. Someone mentioned the Black Swan dress - the color! It says "simplicity" and "royalty" at the same time. That is one of my favorites, although my all-time fave has to be her 2004 nationals costume.


    It might even be my favorite figure skating costume ever. I thought it was a bit of a masterpiece. I mean, I want to go out and get a cocktail dress with that exact top! And color.

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQSoIEAxns


    Yuna, Sasha and Alissa have all worn other favorites of mine.

    I LOVED Yuna's James Bond costume. She just looked so COOL in it. It managed to be different and simple at the same time. And, again, I want the cocktail dress version

    It might be my second-favorite costume ever.

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0Vra-Z6jo

    Here are my other favorites:

    3. Sasha:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI-cbt1u1uc
    I guess 2004 was a good year for costumes. I like how this is simple, yet so bold. And unforgettable, just like the performance.
    4. Alissa:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KsUNC4cMb8
    And it might be one of my favorite nationals LP ever, too.
    5. Alissa:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq8knstUZls
    I was bummed she changed this one for nationals. I just love the mid-length sleeves and the curved, low-cut back. It's very distinctive and it really fits the music. I thought her costumes at nationals this year were lovely but on the expected side.

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    Best 80s costume is Cousins disco-costume

    Miki's cleopatra dresses were a failure, they were uninspired, she used the most common image that people have of cleopatra , it was like a B movie wardrobe, I only sort of liked the first gold/brown one she used in cor.
    Sasha's best dresses are this yellow Malaguena, her Rachmaninof dress from 2003 and her Dark eyes dress is one my favs ever, I also liked her romeo and juliet from nationals and swan costume. What about Shizuka's swan costume?
    I always loved Michelle's dresses that looked more athletic and simple and although I dont like no sleeves in general, they suited her.

    This Button picture is amazing, how did he skate with all these clothes?and his boots are different! Is this the image of ISU for athletic costume?

    I m always examining the girls around late 80s early 90s , what Witt and Thomas were wearing, and Yamakuchi and Harding and Ito, are so strange to me, they have these tiny skirts and tight bodysuits on the top, I dont know how they were breathing!

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