Black & White TV, Bolero Jackets, etc.
I dusted off some of my old, grainy videotapes and enjoyed watching some figure skating performances that were filmed in the 1950s and early 1960s. All of the footage was in black and white, which, in my opinion, was the great equalizer, as far as skating costumes are concerned. There are no flamboyant reds, yellows, or psychedelic colors - just shades of white, gray, and black.
Additionally, all of the men, whether singles or pairs skaters, wore bolero jackets
and pants. IMHO, the guys looked great dressed in those boleros. OK, maybe they all looked a little bit like waiters, or perhaps they were the forerunners of Kurt Browning's bolero-clad "Casablanca" routine. Whatever - the men looked great - Dick Button, Haynes Jenkins, David Jenkins, Scott Ethen Allen, Donald Jackson, etc.
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
Yes, I well remember those days! I always thought skaters looked classy then. It is fun to watch skaters from that era and black and white is a great medium.
Here are some pictures of Donald Jackson:
Fan of The Incomparable Sonja Henie
Those were the days....so speaks the girl who was born about 100 years too late. I love the old skating look. How cool it must be to have those classic tapes to watch. I love to see skating back then. Although, it is not that readily available. And I like the fashions that they wore....at least the men.
Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
Bona Fide Member
I think the look in the second picture is great. A festive winter-themed sweater and slacks. That's what men should go back to, and forget the sequins, buttons and bows. JMO.
Originally Posted by Ladskater
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
While I agree with anti-sequins, the sweater idea is bad. Not only would one look like a kid skating around the rink on the weekend, but one would be saddled with about 100lbs of wet, sweaty wool after about the 1st quad.
Originally Posted by Mathman
The suits were also bad, IMHO, because not only did everyone look like waiters, but they all looked alike. I like the idea that costumes are costumes and not street clothes. While skaters like Plushy drive me completely bananas, it is afterall a performance they are delivering.
Here's my pick for a tasteful compromise: http://www.channel4.com/history/micr...ages/curry.jpg