Which of these 10 costumes was the worst?

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Which of these 10 costumes was the worst?

Poll closed May 24, 2013.
  1. Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin (2010 European Championships)

    81 vote(s)
    66.4%
  2. Stéphane Lambiel (2006 Torino Olympics)

    5 vote(s)
    4.1%
  3. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (2010 European Championships)

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  4. Oksana Baiul (1994 Olympics)

    7 vote(s)
    5.7%
  5. Marina Aganina and Artem Knyazev (2006 Olympics)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat (2006 Olympics)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov (2006 Torino Olympics)

    9 vote(s)
    7.4%
  8. Ilia Kulik (1998 Olympics)

    14 vote(s)
    11.5%
  9. Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio (2006 Torino Olympics)

    2 vote(s)
    1.6%
  10. Johnny Weir (2006 Olympics)

    3 vote(s)
    2.5%
  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Well-Known Member

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    Came across this list from Time Magazine which lists their choice of the 10 worst figure skating costumes during the 20 years leading up to the 2010 Olympics. This is the list together with Time's reasons for nominating each costume:-

    1. Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin (2010 European Championships) Time's Comments: "Ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin — the favorites to win gold in Vancouver — showed up at [the 2010] European Championships with a program supposedly inspired by aboriginal cultures. To the shock of many in the Australian Aboriginal community, however, the Russian pair donned bright red loincloths, brown bodysuits and a scattering of fake eucalyptus leaves. Australian Aboriginals dismissed the outfits as offensive and lacking authenticity. But Shabalin said the pair had drawn inspiration from all of the world's aboriginal cultures, not Australia's in particular. With medals on the line, however, they're not dancing around the controversy any longer: the pair ditched the costumes on the eve of the Olympics."

    2. Stéphane Lambiel (2006 Torino Olympics) Time's Comments: "Switzerland's Stéphane Lambiel shed tears of joy when he received the silver medal in Torino. Then again, maybe he simply realized how outlandish his costume was. Skating to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, he braved the ice wearing an orange-and-white zebra-striped top with glittery blue gloves. He later told reporters that the program and the outfit told the story of "a zebra looking at snow for the first time in his life.""

    3. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (2010 European Championships) Time's Comments: "The two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy are bringing their game faces to Vancouver — and they're covered in white makeup. At the recent European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, the German pair skated to a piano rendition of "Send in the Clowns" with elegance, grace and a sweet sense of humor. Szolkowy told figure-skating fans there was just one problem: "I want to scratch my nose and not worry about the makeup.""

    4. Oksana Baiul (1994 Olympics) Time's Comments: "At the '94 Games, all eyes were on the dueling Americans, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. But then Oksana Baiul, the Ukrainian orphan turned world champion, took to the ice dressed as a showgirl pretending to be a flamingo. Baiul's sartorial shortcoming is probably due to the timing of the Olympics: beads, fur trim and fringe were popular among Eastern European skaters in the '90s."

    5. Marina Aganina and Artem Knyazev (2006 Olympics) Time's Comments: "Uzbekistan isn't exactly known for figure skating. After Marina Aganina and Artem Knyazev's costumes in Torino, the country probably won't ever be known for fashion either. The pair appeared to have skated through a cotton-candy factory ahead of their long program. How the psychedelic coloring enhanced their performance to Tchaikovsky's "Danse Napolitaine" from Swan Lake remains a mystery."

    6. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat (2006 Olympics) Time's Comments: "When France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat skated onto the ice in Torino, they looked like they had just survived a particularly violent practice session: their costumes consisted of ripped chiffon decorated with faux blood and ash. Fortunately, they were merely victims of fashion; their costumes were meant to help them interpret the music from Les Misérables."

    7. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov (2006 Torino Olympics) Time's Comments: "The Ukrainian ice dancers Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov chose to skate to Peter Gabriel's "The Feeling Begins" from The Last Temptation of Christ at the 2006 Torino Games. There was nothing holy about Grushina's dress, though. It was backless — and nearly frontless too. Thank goodness for the strategically placed tassels."

    8. Ilia Kulik (1998 Olympics) Time's Comments: "Skating to "Rhapsody in Blue," Russia's Ilia Kulik looked like a disaster in yellow at the 1998 Nagano Games. In online forums, figure-skating fans compared his shiny yellow outfit (with shoulder pads) to a rotten banana and a jaundiced cow. He went on to win gold despite the fashion faux pas."

    9. Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio (2006 Torino Olympics) Time's Comments: "In Torino, Italian figure skaters Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio set their dramatic routine to the soundtrack of the animated film The Prince of Egypt. Apparently no one told them Egypt is too warm for velvet bodysuits, or that when it comes to satin sashes, less is definitely more."

    10. Johnny Weir (2006 Olympics) Time's Comments: "American figure skater Johnny Weir once compared one of his spandex-and-sequins costumes to a "Care Bear on acid," and another to an "icicle on coke." In 2006, he opted for something a bit classier. He skated to "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns, and his costume featured a pattern of feathers across the chest, crisscrossed strapping over one arm and a single red glove meant to symbolize the bird's beak. The experience, he told Sports Illustrated, has made him comfortable in any attire. "I could go out there as a giant banana and I would feel completely comfortable.""

    So, which of these 10 costumes was the worst? Also, what would you say was the worst costume of all time (whether its on or outside of this list)? Please provide a YouTube link to it if it's outside of the list.
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  2. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    There is no need to read past #1. DomShabs. No comparison!

    I like a lot of these, esp S&S' Clowns, Weir's Swan, and FP&M's Prince of Egypt (her OD dress was beyond hideous though). Grushina's dress was hot.
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  3. Kelleys6th

    Kelleys6th New Member

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    DomShabs costumes were not ditched for the Olympics as you can see from this link (at the 1 min mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyLYCtBkB1c
    The bad thing about Stephane Lambiel was he wore that costume for years!
  4. DimaToe

    DimaToe Well-Known Member

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    ...So many :yikes: skating costumes have existed and Johnny's swan suit makes this list? ...Ok then :shuffle:
  5. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    I had a hard time picking between Dom/Shabs, and the Grushons, but I decided on the DomShabs because they had controversy with theirs while the Grushons were just simple bad taste.
  6. ChelleC

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    Don't even need to read beyond the first choice to vote. Nothing is as bad as DomShabs.
  7. casken

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    As usual with these "worst costumes" list, I like most of the ones listed. I *adored* Lambiel's flying zebra costume.

    At least there are some striking color and design choices here. And most of the ones on the list were at least flattering to the body.

    I guess I would pick Grushgons as worst for somehow being so dull despite trying so hard to be risque. Kulik's pointless unflattering, baggy giraffe shirt would be second.
  8. lala

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    I voted to Domnina-Shabalin's costume. But I like Johnny's and Savchenko-Solkowy's costumes.
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  9. Jeschke

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    s/s in this list?
    what was wrong about that costume?:confused:
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  10. Zemgirl

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    DomShabs. It's not even close.

    Some of the costumes don't really belong on this list (e.g. Johnny's Swan, S/S's clowns - complaints about makeup are a different matter). There have been ice dance events in which the costumes were worse than almost everything listed here.
  11. briancoogaert

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    Between DomninaShabalin and AganinaKnyatsev
    My vote goes to DomninaShabalin.

    But really, Savchenko&Szolkowy have done worse than the one you give as an example ;)
  12. clarie

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    No Canadian skaters on the list :lol: That's a good sign ;)
  13. pollyanna

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    I was all ready to vote for Baiul's electric pink poodle until I remembered :grushgon1 boob tassels. :scream:
  14. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

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    Sorry, only one manages to combine a disastrous costume with racial stereotypes--Dom/Shabs ftw! Yes, Grushina's boob tassels were tasteless, Kulik looked like (my favorite analogy) "a bumblebee hit by a school bus", Baiul's was very third-grade ballerina, I still have no idea what Lambiel was thinking but whenever I think of him I think of zebra print, and Johnny is just being Johnny Weird and that's his schtick....but nope, sorry, when all you need is a bone through someone's nose to make it "Little Black Sambo: The Free Dance", congratulations, you have the worst costumes of all time.
  15. lala

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    No Joubert on the list??????????
  16. reut

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    Well, he wore it each time he skated this program. Sounds like a logical thing to do. He indeed skated that program quite a lot, a lot in shows and a few times to live music even. Maybe because it was a really good program?

    When I wrote my articles about skating costumes we had a chat with Stéphane about it too. I loved what he said about "Zebra":
    It is really important, especially when you're young, to be who you are. Even if you feel at that moment crazy like orange flying zebra.
    Though me personally I'm not a very big fan of this costume, I love the idea behind it. And love his crazy creativity and artistic freedom.
  17. blue_idealist

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    Dom/Shabs for sure. One bad set of costumes that is missing is the 2011 FD costumes of Zhiganshina/Gaszi, before they were toned down.
  18. lala

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  19. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    What about Tonya's cleavage dress? Dom Shabs is definitely the worst, though.
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    Well B & K were lucky to escape this list after Tarasova got her hands on them. ;).

    But when it comes to this list it has to be DomShabs. That was their gold medal in 2010
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  22. Yazmeen

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    Definitely Dom/Shabs, ugly and somewhat offensive considering the program. Also agree with the poster who mentioned Tonya's 1994 Nationals dress with the massive flesh-toned insert. If she had been anymore well-endowed, that program would have needed an "R" rating because she definitely would have nipslipped into the center of the dress.
  23. parapluies

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    Do Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin costumes count as costumes anyway? Its just illusion mesh. Using too much illusion mesh should be illegal.
  24. caseyedwards

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    I am voting for a costume with a gold medal. So I voted for Kulik and not D/S because they were bronze they didn't even win and the kulik shirt was so bad and everyone was saying it was ridiculous and it was part of an actual success at an Olympics and not a failure like D/S.
  25. caseyedwards

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    They were very similar but there was less stuff. They were altered. They were not exactly the same. They did not go so far as to change the entire program and submit to people who wanted to destroy their chances of doing respectably and not even make the top 10!
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    In that case the win goes to Baiul. Kulik's costume is bad, but Baiul's is truly heinous.
  28. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Well, they probably would have medaled no matter what OD they did.
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    No Chait/Sakhnovsky's clowns on crack costumes? What short memories we have!
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    am i crazy?

    i thought johnny's swan costume was nice. yes it was extremely flamboyant and over the top but it was done in the right way (imo)..after all, it's figure skating!

    i prefer skating costumes to be simple and elegant (michelle's vera wang costumes were the best imo) but if you're going to go crazy then what johnny did with the swan is the way to do it imo. it was kind of the male counterpart to one of sasha cohen's beautiful swan lake dresses from 2004 (also with feather details)
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    I agree. That costume was freakin' awesome.
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    For some unknown reason, I loved Stephane's outfit as well. Don't know why-I just did!
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    1 & 5

    I really liked Stephane's costume, too.
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    If this was true why deal with the real negative publicity? It had the coach saying different things to different people in interviews! Made them wear the blankets in the CD? Just to give them attention for their post Olympics appearances?? LOL! "everyones talking about it in a negative way and VM and DW have acclaimed dances but well keep this crap one!" I just don't get it. Any other OD would have been compared to real dances that he probably couldn't do and may have made big mistakes on.
  40. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    My point was that they did perform substandard dances with messy execution (outside that great Tango Romantica), but were scored in a way that guaranteed them a medal whereas a strong case can be made that a team with less reputation from a lesser federation would have scored much lower with the product and execution the DomShabs gave. This is not quite a criticism as that's a part of figure skating, and even the best or most popular skaters have won based on reputation and strong favor with substandard performances when a lesser known skater would not get such a benefit.

    As to your off-topic point of making him do a real dance that he probably couldn't do and may have made big mistakes on...tough. It's a competition and I still think Linichuk's saying it's not supposed to represent any real folk dance or culture was an admission of not following the rules of the OD or it was simple backtracking after the real negativity it received from Aboriginal groups to the point where even the composer of the one of the pieces wanted nothing to do with their dance.


    As to the point that's relevant to this thread, I think people really did have an issue with the cultural misrepresentation of that OD.

    http://www.news.com.au/national-new...lympic-ice-dance/story-e6frfkvr-1225822375720



    https://themoscowdiaries.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/cia-obama-out-to get-racist-russian-figure-skaters/


    Of course, I do think the other teams and federations took full advantage of the controversy for their full benefit. That's how figure skating politicks work. It's dirty and distasteful. However, that doesn't change the fact that there was a controversy over cultural misrepresentation and insensitivity in the first place. It's not simply black and white. One thing doesn't necessarily negate the other, but could be seen as a consequence of the first action.

    It probably all stems from Linichuk's lack of creativity and DomShab's dance is sort of in-line with old-school stereotypical portrayals of other cultures by dancers that were accepted in the past. Look at Krylova/Ovsiannikov's African Drums dance. Linichuk was probably shocked that she's getting criticized for something that had been accepted in a less culturally-cognizant past.
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