I always thought Nicole Bobek had some of the classiest competition outfits around.It is a sport first, and I am all for going back to simpler age appropriate costumes. Peggy and Doro had lovely lines, and the costumes never detracted. Only MK seemed to get that competition costumes should be modest and flattering. Over 3 decades, so many of costumes, starting with ID went down wrong road I think. I realize my perspective is older, less tainted by the era that Madonna and Brittany brought to pop music.
But we try to tell people it is a fascinating, very difficult sport. Many of the costumes (agree Russia has been biggest offender for years) detract from sport. Artistry matters, but there is nothing nice, appropriate or "sporty" about the negligees. I think Maria B was the first to wear very sheer fabric and thong like undies. Now even sweet little Alissa has done the negligee sex appeal. Do you really think these girls do not know they are trying to turn on the judges?
I do think many outfits hurt the sport, either through being just horrific taste, -Russian shreds never die, or obscene. Adelina looks like she is copying the top part of a Cher outfit to the Oscars. It is bad enough that few are classy, tasteful, age appropriate, but obscene has been mentioned and I think that is fair. Yelena is a hot mess of an under aged vegas showgirl.
I wish they'd crack down on costumes. Most would look better in black unitard, regardless of their gender or gender identity. It would be nice to se the pendulum swing the other way. Most costumes don't do much for the music anyway and leave us all wondering what they mean.
I certainly was one to say if people are arrested in Russia for Gay acts, maybe we should boycott, but the skaters don't like that idea at all. Still, is this being presented as a sport or performance art? Give it some thought what many cultures feel about what they will see.
Islamic countries likely block skating due to the outfits sadly. Ashley had two tasteful costumes-not on the money but acceptable. Michelle always tried to wear a full panty, not the thong with but hanging out. I also wonder what heaven thinks. I know many do not share that perspective. But modesty matters in many cultures. And one can skate a beautiful program with a classy unoffensive costumes. Less is not more in this case. Kwan's costumes held up in competition as they were usually appropriate. She did do the skin reveal as she got older in COI. There is much pressure on entertainers to show their bodies. Funny how whitney could just stand there and sing in those stunning gowns. Talent needs no over gilding esp. in the sport of FS. Mao does show much taste. Funny Japan's ladies are more tatsteful than the guys, in general, anyway.