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Best costume designers?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by pinkcupcakegurl, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. pinkcupcakegurl

    pinkcupcakegurl New Member

    Who are the best costume designers in the sport?
  2. Tak

    Tak Well-Known Member

    Shizuka always looked good - dont know who designed her costumes though.
  3. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

    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.
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  4. triple_toe

    triple_toe Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011
  5. oakl0008

    oakl0008 New Member

    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. :)
  6. reut

    reut Well-Known Member

    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).
  7. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    I don't know who designs Maia Shibutani's dresses, but she always looks lovely.
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  9. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    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 !
  10. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    agreed. Her dresses last year were lovely!
  12. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    I think Meryl's mum makes her costumes. She has spoken that they tried to make the Bollywood costume authentic, even the earrings!
  14. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    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... :scream:
  15. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    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!
  16. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    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.
  17. avivadawn

    avivadawn Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. dewey

    dewey Member

    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.
  19. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

  20. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I am wondering- shouldn't this topic be in the Trashcan?

    It's a good topic though. I am learning a lot.:)
  21. newbatgirl

    newbatgirl Well-Known Member

    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?
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  22. hlp728

    hlp728 Active Member

    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.
  23. hlp728

    hlp728 Active Member

    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.
  24. scootie12

    scootie12 New Member

    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.
  25. newbatgirl

    newbatgirl Well-Known Member

    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.

    Alissa SP

    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!

    Meryl FD
  26. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    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.
  27. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    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.
  28. newbatgirl

    newbatgirl Well-Known Member

    Yes, the Countess conceals her identity behind a mask. I'm pleased that they incorporated the mask into Meryl's outfit that way.
  29. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

    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:

    Her dress for Yu Na:

    Andrew Gonzales:
    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.
  30. Civic

    Civic New Member

    Did Abdulaeva design Yagudin's "Winter" and "Rachmaninov" costumes? I thought both were stunning; the best men's costumes of the season.