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    Simple costumes, elegant skating

    We have seen some crazy costumes and some beautifully designed, sequined/lacy/multicolor costumes in figure skating. Sometimes though a very simple costume really adds to a program, by focusing on the skating and the elegance of the skater, rather than on the costume. There are many skaters that used the simplicity to emphasize their lines and elegance in their skating, and it worked very well to have simple costuming.

    Gordeeva-Grinkov:

    Vocalise
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrZXFOXZdrE

    Reverie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GudIi_e77OY

    Moonlight Sonata (I love the contrast- navy vs the white strip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y42ZBuhPNts


    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze

    Lady Caliph
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB2lyUWrEcE

    Swan Lake
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AydZTd-ZR7w

    Lady Caliph at Trophee Lalique:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYnE9JvV_7w

    Concert for coloratura- worlds 1999
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loU8JtFllqo

    Michelle Kwan:

    1998 Lyra Angelica
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI45Qm3YoDw

    2000 Red Violin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptj_tO7tIXg

    Oksana Baiul: at Celebration of Sergei's life:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lnAVP3ZOaI

    Ekaterina Gordeeva (pro)- Peer Gynt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6CdljxyH-U

    Chen Lu:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gh9w2ZyODo

    It's difficult to find simple costumes in ice dance, but here is one by the Duschenays at the 1992 Olympics FD:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_GzLX7ofo

    Annenko & Sretenski often used very simple and elegant costumes to emphasize the purity of their skating

    Thanksgiving:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHBm_IcqEjc

    Summertime
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITYvFGQGjoQ

    Men often have simple costumes.

    For example,

    Jeremy Abbott at 2012 US nationals:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbT2P9n5Hsw

    Rudy Galindo
    1996 US nationals
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lH9mg_ZneA
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    Quote Originally Posted by falling_dance View Post
    That was the first example I thought of. I remember at the time that he/Yuka Sato said that it was indeed meant to focus attention on his skating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    It's difficult to find simple costumes in ice dance
    I'm not sure what the goal was with V/M's second set of costumes for their Pink Floyd FD in 2009, but they are about the plainest ice dance costumes I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    I'm not sure what the goal was with V/M's second set of costumes for their Pink Floyd FD in 2009, but they are about the plainest ice dance costumes I can think of.
    Strange that I forgot this. I saw this in person, in LA. These could very well be the plainest/simplest ice dance costumes in the modern era.

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    Most of Paul Wylie, Todd Eldredge's, Yuka Sato's costumes & skating fit this description.

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    Mao's Ballade. Simple, long white gown and some of the most breathtaking balletic skating I've ever seen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    I'm not sure what the goal was with V/M's second set of costumes for their Pink Floyd FD in 2009, but they are about the plainest ice dance costumes I can think of.
    Strange that I forgot this. I saw this in person, in LA. These could very well be the plainest/simplest ice dance costumes in the modern era.
    Speaking of that season's Pink Floyd programs, Olivier Schoenfelder also wore a very simple costume in the FD, and while Isabelle didn't, it wasn't particularly gaudy, either. Their Bonnie & Clyde costumes were also fairly plain for ice dance.

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    Marie-France Dubreuil- Patrice Lauzon. For example
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwxIKt_UnE8

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    Virtue and Moir's free dance costumes at the Olympics were definitely spare and clean for ice dancing, and the sequins on her top didn't detract from their skating: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiHKNVQWis4

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    I immediately thought of Gordeeva & Grinkov's Vocalise costume when I saw this thread. In addition, Gordeeva & Kulik's costume for their duet, and Katia's Brazilian Bachianas costume as well.

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    Simple costumes, elegant skating : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=L7MiDoHzajk

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    Ilinykh/Katsalapov can tell us all about simple costumes. If only that program were "elegant..."

    Alissa Czisny's dresses from 2010-2011 were relatively simple, but they looked great on her and definitely didn't distract from her skating. IIRC, her mother hand-painted them. This is the SP dress, and here's her LP look.

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    Gordeeva-Grinkov's Moonlight Sonata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y42ZBuhPNts
    Still my all time fave....

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    I always found Jeff Buttle to have simple, elegant costumes. Even his Naqoyqatsi costume, with the bizarro shirt, was still very simple. Still my absolute favourite program of his.
    2004-2005 Rach SP costume
    2002/2003 LP costume
    2008 Ararat LP Costume
    Sing Sing Sing 2005/2006 SP Costume

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    my example of elegance.

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    I've always loved both that program and costume. Incidentally, that maroon dress reminds me of the crushed velvet leotards gymnasts used to wear in the mid-90s. My how fashion times have changed.

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    This is my first time to watch Annenko and Sretenski's Summertime and that was sublime

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    This was the second ladies program to come to mind for me right after Chen Lu's 1996. I was just about to mention it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze

    Lady Caliph
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB2lyUWrEcE[/url]
    I actually like the costumes they had earlier in the season even better. To me, this is perfection. (I also liked this version of the program better.)
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

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