June 8, 2015

The 30 Best Figure Skating Outfits of All Time

Thanks to my mother-in-law, I got this email this morning: courtesy of Elle magazine, as the title claims, "The 30 Best Figure Skating Outfits of All Time"  ... so tell me, what do you think?

click on the link and I'll wait for you to wade through the 30 photos ... you're welcome!

One thing for sure, they managed to find some pretty unflattering poses and facial expressions to go with some of those beautiful dresses.  Another thing, if you're going back to 1924, you're going to have thousands and thousands of dresses to take into consideration.

I do like Peggy Fleming's green dress with the rhinestone-studded collar and Nancy Kerrigan's iconic Vera Wang dress should be included for sure, but where's Dorothy Hamill's famous pink dress from her 1976 win?  (Note: I'd insert that photo here, but it isn't available under "labeled for noncommercial reuse" and Ice Charades is a little weary of slapping up photos that she doesn't have the say-so for ...)

And for that matter no Ashley Wagner or the queen herself Yuna Kim?  I haven't even gotten into pair or ice dance skaters because they have worn so many beautiful dresses, my head would explode trying to list them.

Don't get me wrong, it's wonderful to see skaters from the 20's, 30's and 40's and see what the fashion of the day was ... but to compare them to modern-day equivalent of the richest Quinceanera dresses on ice ...

Come to think of more recent competitions, Gracie Gold also had a lovely blue dress and a striking red dress.  You know which ones I'm talking about ... here's the blue dress (with my friend, choreographer Scott Brown at her side, btw)

I guess you can't see much of the dress because of all the stuffed animals in the way, but heh, the photo is "labeled for noncommercial reuse" okay.

By the way, I downloaded these noncommercial reuse dresses of various wonderful skaters and I think some of these could edge out a few questionable dresses from Elle's list.

What do you think of these?

I've got more ...

Come on, let's see what you think?  Got a favorite dress to add to the list?


Ryan Stevens said...

I always loved Olga Markova's free skate dress in 1995!: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHLKaULJSx0

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