What Not to Wear, Figure Skating Edition
Last week I spoke with ABC News for their story about Olympic figure skating costuming, Vancouver Olympics: In Figure Skating, Women Go Classy, Men Stay Flashy. The article asks this question: Why are men donning outrageous costumes while the women are toning it down with sophisticated dresses? It was fun to weigh-in on the discussion along with figure skating costume designers. Here’s what I had to say:
Some lifelong fans, like Julie Szabo, a figure skating blogger, think that whatever the reason, some of the men’s costumes are getting too creative.
“I think it takes away from the skating when the skater comes out with crazy costumes,” Szabo said. “So much time and effort is spent designing the perfect programs but sometimes the same consciousness is not put into the costumes.”
Blogger Szabo described the women figure skaters as trending towards glamour: “I think we are going to see the women continuing to be a little bit more sophisticated, in part because their programs are becoming more sophisticated and the costuming is a response to that.”
In case you were wondering, here’s my choice for the worst-dressed man in the competition:
You can read the complete article here.