(We’re obsessed with Vanessa’s bedazzled arm.) WORST Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White make figure skating outfits look cheesy thanks to Meryl’s blinged out purple dress. BEST Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov look dashing together with his military inspired uniform and her romantic pale blue dress with an embellished choker. WORST Canada’s Dylan Moscovitch and Kirsten Moore-Towers go gaudy in brightly-coloured outfits. Orange and pink should never be seen together. Ever.
Sochi Olympics skating outfits: Best and worst
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Certain Components criteria, such as clarity of movement, are perhaps even obscured by some costumes. A judge cannot accurately determine how a skater articulates her movements when billowing chiffon or ruffles obscure the bodys natural lines. One need only remember 1994 Olympic champion Alexei Urmanovs infamous quasi-winged Swan Lake costume or pretty much anything the drape-crazed Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio ever wore to realize that costumes can very easily conceal whats happening beneath them. I dont suggest that figure skating costumes should entirely disappear. Skating exhibitions or ice theater productions, mediums that exist purely for entertainment, are the perfect arena for the work of skilled and talented designers.
Did they successfully coordinated music, routines and costumes into a cohesive performance thats pleasing to watch, or didnt they? Decades ago, skaters wore homemade uniforms, according to www.thesocietypages.org, but that changed after the 1976 Olympics. Since then, costumes have soared to new sartorial heights, with brocade-like patterns, military uniforms, sparkles, rhinestones, palest chiffon, and more. Back naot shoes in 1988, Bay Area skater Debi Thomas created a scandal by wearing a unitard at the Calgary Olympics (they were prohibited afterward, a ban that was lifted in 2004). In the 1990s, Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan wore outfits by bridal designer Vera Wang. Gracie Golds costume designer, Brad Griffies, is quoted on www.cosmopolitan.com saying that todays dresses can have up to 100,000 crystals each; that they cost $1,500 to $3,000; and that skaters dont have the money to buy more than one or two each season. I dont have a favorite outfit, but I do have a favorite skater: Janet Lynn, of Rockford, Ill., who earned a bronze medal in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, despite falling on her fanny during a sit-spin.