In my heart, I'm actually Canadian....
What Happens to Old Costumes??
I was leafing through a back issue of IFS magazine this morning and while looking at a photo of Brian Joubert in his Matrix costume from last season, I suddenly had the strangest thought -- what happens to costumes at the end of the season?
I mean -- you can HARDLY wear them out in public. Well, some you could, but most -- I don't think so. I can't imagine giving them to Goodwill.... Yeah, you could just keep them in your closet, like a wedding dress, but (a) if you have a career spanning 10. 20 years, you're eventually gonna run out of room, and (b) some costumes, like ice dance costumes with 3 miles of extra fabric attached, or variations of the Surya Bonaly Parade Float look, take up entire closets just on their own. Rag bin? I doubt most of those fabrics would absorb much.
I imagine some are given away for internet auction purposes and charity auctions and such, but I should think that would only apply to costumes worn by the Big Guns. I can't imagine "Short Program Dress Worn by Maria Balaba*" would take much in.
*Latvian Junior Lady who didn't qualify for the SP in Kitchener last week.
I'm sure there's a skater in Latvia who would love to have the dress!!!
Originally Posted by JonnyCoop
You're right to some extent - I remember years ago seeing Nicole Bobek (around 92 or 93) wear a dress in exhibition that had been previously worn by Jill Trenary.
German skate Evelyn Grossman wore a dress that Annet Poetch (sp?) had worn. Jutta Mueller coached both skaters.
If a costume is not too elaborate or ornate, it could be reworked into a new dress - shorten the sleeves or add them, shorten/lengthen the skirt, add sequins, dye, etc.
I swear that Sasha's Olympic Carmen dress was reworked from Jenni Meno's 97 LP dress - I'll have to find pictures. This would make sense since they were both coached by John Nicks.
Other times a costume is placed on display. I seem to recall that Scott Hamilton's 84 Olympic suit, Tonya Harding's 91 costume, and the Olympic winning dresses of Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, and Kristi Yamaguchi are on display at the Figure Skating Museum in Colorado Springs.
But there are unique costumes that I can't imagine someone else wearing or being redone - Debi Thomas's unitard, K/P Air on the G String outfit, Michael Weiss's tatoo shirt, A/P rope creation, etc.
It's not uncommon for skaters to sell, loan, or give old costumes to other skaters at their rink or elsewhere. Practice outfits also, especially if they've grown out of them.
In Toller Cranston's case (via his book), Christopher Bowman let street people in the house and his costumes were walking up and down his street (and these were some distinctive, highly decorated ensembles!),
My guess??? Check out the Skating MOM's Collective Closets. That's where you'll find a whole bunch of them.
Originally Posted by JonnyCoop
average opinionated skate fan
one can only hope that there really is a Figure Skating Dancers Costume Graveyard somewhere. Tule and Feather sellers will gather there once a year to celebrate the good fortunes the dead monsters have sown.