Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by pinkcupcakegurl, Oct 11, 2011.
Who are the best costume designers in the sport?
Shizuka always looked good - dont know who designed her costumes though.
IMO: Vera Wang and Jef Billings. Honorable mention goes to Toller Cranston, as I'm pretty sure he designed the dresses worn by Kadavy and Chen when he choreographed their programs.
The major designers I know of are Jef Billings, Tania Bass, the woman in Montreal who designed dresses for Joannie and Yu Na (can't remember the name), and the REST Elegance Company. And Vera Wang, Cavalli etc
ETA: I believe Shizuka used REST Elegance for at least some of her dresses.
Does anybody know who designed Shawn Sawyer's costumes for his Tango, Amadeus, and Alice in Wonderland programs?? I was always curious as I thought those costumes really worked for him.
Natella Abdulaeva worked with Tarasova's students, including Yagudin, Kulik, Platov/Grishuk, Arakawa, Cohen. She also created costumes for Kerrs.
Elena Danilova is working now with Volosozhar/Trankov. She also worked with lots of Russian skaters, like Krylova/Ovsyannikov. Vaitsekhovskaya had an article about her during Worlds (Russian).
I don't know any of the costume designers; but there there are several standout skaters for best and worst dressed.
There aren't many skaters who have wowed me with a great costumes over the years; maybe 50.
I don't know who designs Maia Shibutani's dresses, but she always looks lovely.
I don't know many costume designers. But for sure, Vera Wang is very good. And SHizuka Arakawa or Kiira Korpi are always so beautiful !
I also admire the designer of Gordeeva&Grinkov's costumes in 1994 !
Evan Bates said in Finlandia that Madison Chock desingns her own costumes. Kiira Korpi´s costumes are by Teemu Muurinmäki, the Finnish designer, who lives in Paris.
Susanna Pöykiö used to desing costumes, too.
agreed. Her dresses last year were lovely!
I happen to like the work that Dior did with Lysacek. I am not in favor of the work that Vera Wang did for him. Especially that ugly snake infested thing he wore in vancouver. The tuxedo she did for him though(american in Paris) was perfect however.
Vera Wang also did some amazing dresses for Kerrigan and Kwan. Kwan's style was simplicity so there was frequently not a lot of beading etc. but the perfect cut of the dress along with the color, fabric choice and neck was always a complement. Her Scherazade dress was beautiful and timeless.
Meryl Davis and Tessa Virtue are always dressed to die for.
I think Meryl's mum makes her costumes. She has spoken that they tried to make the Bollywood costume authentic, even the earrings!
Shizuka's competitive costumes weren't always my cup of tea, but I agree about Kiira - really, all the Finnish ladies tend to look good. What I like about Kiira's costumes is that they're not necessarily the pretty princess dresses you'd expect of someone who looks like she does.
Vera Wang has done some good work, but I associate her too much with those awful snakes to name her a good skating costume designer.
P/B don't always have great costumes (they certainly didn't in the Olympic season) but they've had some very good ones, too - Nathalie's SD dress last season was fabulous and their SD costumes this year are fun. I also like what they wore for the Organ Donor FD back in 2008.
The Canton ladies usually have pretty costumes, but they're often a bit safe and generic; they wouldn't win any Project Runway challenges. OTOH, considering what did win a PR skating costume challenge...
always enjoyed seeing Cohen's new costumes and Yuna's. Sasha's garments were really something of surprise and beauty on ice.
The woman who used to design Yuna's costumes for a couple of seasons till 09-10 also designed Joannie's most of costumes and I loved them, too, especially her oly free program's!
On the US National/local level, there are several designers doing a ton of business, and some of it fabulous.
Del Arbour does a lot of work for Becky Bereswill, Caroline Zhang, many of the major US Synchro teams, and others. Quite popular across the Midwest.
Tania Bass has done most of the dresses for Emily Hughes and Sarah Hughes, as well as work across the years for Irina Slutskaya, Miki Ando, Pang/Tong, Michael Weiss, Katrina Hacker, etc. Very big in the Northern East Coast.
Brad Griffies has been growing in business substantially this decade since he started sewing for others. Notable clients: Kimmie M. and recently a couple of Evora/Ladwig outfits (their teal 2010 FS, and I think their purple 2011 FS). I noticed several of his dresses on the radar at nationals these past 2 two years.
Ann Patrice McDonough's mom created some lovely dresses back in the day. Is she still doing work for many of the Broadmoor skaters? I can't figure out who their dress designer is, but there appears to be one person/group who outfits many of the skaters from there. (Basic, safe lines and matching-crystal-overkill seems to be the style).
Russianiceskate.com (Elena?) has been quite popular lately, particularly for Juvenile through Junior skaters.
Does Mare Talbot still create dresses? I remember a few of the ones that she did for Sasha, and a PHI skater that was based in SoCal and they were lovely.
AP's mom was listed as Rachael's dress designer for a long time. She seems to be good at ornamentation, not so much at cut and line.
I always love seeing what the Finns are wearing. They've had some hits and some misses over the years, but they are never dull.
Josiane Lamond: http://www.thestar.com/article/770024
I am wondering- shouldn't this topic be in the Trashcan?
It's a good topic though. I am learning a lot.
I think Meryl and her mum work on the designs but the actual sewing is done by someone in the Canton area. As for the Bollywood costumes, I read in the one article both her and Charlie's costume were authentic Indian celebration clothing that they bought and had modified. The details were amazing. I remember thinking that Meryl deserved a medal for just keeping her balance in those earrings!
Joannie Rochette's costumes were always breath-taking. Anyone know who does Mirai Nagasu's dresses?
According to icenetwork Mirai's biography says "Costumes designed by Tina Allapach and Cecille Phillips" in 2012 season.
Who has designed Alissa C's dresses? It says for 2012 season she is using Jef Billings.
Also, does anyone know who designed/made Summersett/Gilles OD and FD costumes in 2010? I especially like Jane's Peruvian dress and Todd's FD suit.
Cecille does most of Mirai's stuff, and she does a great job with everything she does. I've been using her since I started back skating, and we're actually working on my outfit for upcoming events/competitions.
I definitely recommend her if anyone is looking for a good designer in SoCal.
Bumping this up. I hope someone asks Alissa Czisny who designed her new SP dress. It's amazing. Some on Twitter did not like the back or the belt but I loved it all.
And my daughter has not stopped talking about Meryl Davis' purple FD dress and mask hairclip. If either were available for purchase, I'd have a tough time not buying them!
Re: Meryl's FD dress...aren't masks part of the storyline of Die Fledermaus? It's been a long time since I've seen DF but would explain her hair piece.
I kind of feel that Meryl's costumes are becoming a bit young for her. Alissa looked lovely, but then she usually does.
I wasn't thrilled with Carolina's dress. That program calls for something darker and maybe more dramatic, IMO.
Yes, the Countess conceals her identity behind a mask. I'm pleased that they incorporated the mask into Meryl's outfit that way.
Surprised no one has mentioned Jan Longmire, she has made some of Sasha's dresses and one for Yu Na and does Andrew Gonzales' costumes.
Some of her dresses for Sasha:
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Figure Skating Championships EgKdKK2o9lYl.jpg
Her dress for Yu Na:
http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/...Figure Skating Championships qyUHbhFdxXOl.jpg
http://gallery.ice-skate.net/photos/2011-nationals/senior/men/long/andrew-gonzales/ (i love this so much!)
She also recently designed her daughter's wedding dress.
And another fun fact: Keegan Messing's mom draws up the ideas for his costumes and they are then sent off to their designer (forget who, it's a company). They then send her some designs back and she sends back what her and Keegan like and voila!
I am the one against the belt LOL and someone I follow hates the back, but I LOVE the back.
Did Abdulaeva design Yagudin's "Winter" and "Rachmaninov" costumes? I thought both were stunning; the best men's costumes of the season.
From what I read she created both costumes for Olympic season, "Winter" and "Man in Iron Mask". I don't remember Yagudin skating to Rachmaninov.
I wonder why she often covered up her neck so often. Mao seems to like the choker look, but some of Shizuka's dress necklines were rather strange...
If anyone knows about her I would love to know if she is still making dresses. She was wonderful but old and had health problems. I was under the impression she had passed away; however, I could be totally wrong and apologize if that is not the case.
Okay, so I did a quick search and found that Carolyn-Ann Alba lists her as her costume designer on her bio, so she must still be making dresses. Good news!
I never liked the dresses that Kwan got from Vera Wang, either for the program or for the cut.
Agree that Meryl's this year is great. Mask is a wonderful touch to relate to the story of the operetta's masked ball.
I had a soft spot for Lauren Sheehan's work.
Finnice, thank you for the name of Teemu Muurinmäki. I never knew who designs Kiiras costumes but always thought that she ist the skater with the best dresses. Outstanding, really.
She did Nicole Bobek's "Dr. Zhivago" blue dress from '95, right? My favorite dress ever.
Alissa's bio on icenetwork says that her SP costume was designed by Jef Billings. http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100046&mode=I
I liked her costume in last year's SP too.
Someone upthread mentioned Gordeeva and Grinkov's 1994 costumes - was that Billings as well?
I agree 100%. Bring on the sparkles, spangles, and swirls! I also prefer sleeves to sleeveless dresses.
I know there are many of you who don't like this kind of "80s" look, but to me, I could always count on loving a Sheehan look.
This is a nice article about Sheehan, with photos of a few of her pieces.
Pretty much most costumes worn by Nicole Bobek, Jill Trenary, Debi Thomas, Kristi Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski, Tonia Kwiatkowski, Sylvia Fontana, and Lisa Ervin were done by Sheehan. My favorites!
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