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The velvet dress featured triple shaped skirts and sleeve accents and scattered crystals. One piece Cirque du Soliel skating costume with iridescent shear mesh overlay on bodice and hip scarf accessorized with costume coins. This is one of my favorite designs: A candy cane swirl dress for costuming a skating program to "Hot Chocolate" music from Polar Express; simple and flattering.
From Dorothy Hamill's glitzy outfits in the '80s to Mirai Nagasu's striking red dress in Pyeongchang, these are the most notable looks. These figure skaters competed in the inaugural Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. Planck-Szabo won gold, and Loughran and Muckelt took silver and bronze, respectively.
Not only do the athletes put on an impressive display of grace and skill, they also dazzle us with their glittering costumes. Inthough, Norwegian skater Sonja Henie changed the game when she competed in a skirt with a comparatively short hemline. From then on, hemlines continued to go shorter. In terms of decoration, most skating outfits were quite plain during the World War II era, as fabric shortages led skaters to favor simple silhouettes with less fabric and little embellishment, according to Insider.
Don't let the ornate costumes and beautiful choreography fool you, figure skaters are no strangers to scandal. Here are nine notable ones. Ina little club-and-run thrust the sport of figure skating into the spotlight.
Some of them are memorable because the ladies who wore them went on to score gold—and some of them are memorable in and of themselves, completely separate from the routine and the medal it may or may not have earned the athlete. Peggy Fleming wore this unforgettable lime green dress at the Grenoble Olympics, a performance which earned her the gold medal. At the Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Dorothy Hamill chose a solid red dress for her gold medal-winning routine.
Some, on the other hand, are. Keegan Messingpictured above, is wearing an interview suit sans jacket, which is a look I do not applaud but can respect. Paul Fentz is about to recommend the yellowtail crudo to start, but props to him for pairing that pinstriped pant with a top that is anything but white.
There are two reasons to watch Olympic figure skating: First, to revel in the tension of whether your favorite skater will land a triple axel, and second, for the outfits. But these costumes also raise a lot of questions … Who designs them? Why do they look the way they look?
The three-time Winter Olympic medalists decided to adjust their routine, which had dominated the Canadian Skating Nationals in January. The move finishes with Virtue spinning her way back down onto the ice. The revised version of the stunt, which the duo performed Sunday in PyeongChang, has her straddling his shoulders for a shorter period of time before Virtue finishes with a single-dip and dismount.
Who says sports and fashion don't mix? When it comes to ice skating, we're as much in awe of the athletes' flashy apparel as we are of their triple-lutz-triple-toe combinations. Here, we look back at some of the sparkliest, fanciest, tightest, and flat-out craziest costumes—from women and men—to ever hit the rink.