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Skating through the Decades: A Spice Capades Series! (Let’s Start at the Very Beginning!)

Are you singing Sound of Music, yet? So, Spice Capader, @tenacioustempest suggested costumes as a potential topic to cover to get me through my blogger’s block. Here’s the original pitch:

Here’s a possible topic, just because I’d love to know more! How much does real-world fashion influence what’s trendy in terms of skating costumes? (I assume it does, but to what degree?) Have there ever been some seasons where there were certain common elements between costumes, such as sleeves vs. no sleeves, gloves, colour schemes, fabric (velvet comes to mind), etc.? Or does everyone just do their own thing?

I’ve covered the basics of costuming on one of my more popular posts here. However, when I went to get photographic evidence to answer this ask, I found there was just too much great costuming that you were all missing out on. And thus, I give you my latest series: Skating through the Decades! 

Skating was and has always been influenced by the current fashion, and societal issues like (womp, womp) lame gender roles. I’ve started our costuming journey in the 1920s because by then, it had fully hit it’s groove as a recognized sport. 

The first Olympic Ice Skating event was held in the 1908 Olympics. But it wouldn’t return until 1920. It officially joined the Olympics permanently in 1924, when it was officially recognized. Only the Men’s, Ladies’, and Pairs competitions were held. It was here that Sonia Hennie, renowned figure skater and Ice Show/Hollywood Starlet made her debut (at ELEVEN YEARS OLD). 

In the early days of the sport, skaters didn’t really wear “costumes.” Their skating ensembles were pretty much cute activewear. Here’s the 1924 Ladies’ Gold Medalist, Herma Szazbo of Austria. Yes, this is a picture from those Olympics. Check out the skates! No triples or quads in these soft leather boots! (Notice, the ladies’ skates were brown or black at this time, a change from the later years to come.)

The men didn’t dress that much different going dancing than they did on the ice. Here’s the pairs’ gold medalists, Andrée Joly & Pierre Brunet of France. 

So, if Yuuri and Victor lived in the twenties…they could literally wear their banquet suits on the ice (Challenge, thrown!).

However, you can see the very creepings of classic skating costumes emerging, even in this period. The “coat-style” dress for the ladies and the dapper military/prince hybrid rocked by Victor in the show and, way back in the day, by Men’s Gold medalist, Gillis Grafström. No wonder he won, seeing what his competitors were rocking (see below)! Dapper may not always win, but it sure does help! 

Overview: clothes were built for movement as much as fashion would allow. They were also much heavier (because no one was jumping by today’s standards) and all competitions were held outdoors. The women’s skirts were much longer, but all competitors rocked thick legging like tights to keep their legs warm (…and cover their bums).  

So, if you’re writing a time-travel AU, an AU set in the 1920s, or just wanna draw Yuuri and Victor in their dapper 1920s best, you know where to send those links (Right here. Right here to my dash.).

And I’ll see you next time as we explore the 1930s and 1940s! 

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Triple Axels in Ladies’ Skating: Midori Ito

Midori Ito (JPN) is the first woman to land a triple axel in competition, first achieved internationally at the 1988 NHK Trophy. She is the 1989 World Champion, 1992 Olympic silver medalist, 1990 World silver medalist and a 9-time Japanese National Champion. She is also the first Asian skater to win the World Championships, the first woman to land a triple-triple combination in competition, the first woman to land five different triple jumps and seven triples total in a free skate, and the first woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics. She has also completed triple axel-double toeloop combinations in competition. Throughout her career, she landed 18 triple axels in competition, 9 of them at international events.

Skating Through the Decades: 1930s!

Continuing our series on Skating Costuming through the ages, we move into the 1930s. You can read the first post here

The Great Depression was rocking the world, but you would never know it. Ice skating, just beginning to be popular in newsreels and the occasional show, was like all other forms of entertainment during this era, designed to make people forget about the depression. The glitz factor just starts to come into the sport and, as the sport starts to evolve, so do the costumes to allow for better movement. 

Costumes in the early 1930s continued to stick to a traditional old-timey winter vibe, for the most part. Remember that all competitions were held outdoors. Here are the US Pair Team from the 1932 Olympics, Sherwin Campbell and Beatrix Loughran. Both look very dapper, and you can see the embroidered designs on the bottom of her dress and fur cuffs. Note that it was still considered necessary for women to wear a hat, even while skating. Our men look dapper in suit tops and pants more tailored for movement. 

Practice clothes started to look similar to the active wear/sportswear of the time as well. Remember the first skating super star, Sonja Henie of Norway mentioned in our last post. Here she is in yet another Olympic games (1932) modeling with the Gold Medalist from the Men’s event Karl Schafer of Austria. 

In fact, Sonja Henie, widely credited with pushing the sport forward athletically, was also widely responsible for helping to popularize the hemlines on female skating costumes, which continued to rise through the decade. (She also, was rumored to have an affair with Hitler, which was never confirmed…though they did meet several times…)

Henie also brought her silver blades to the big screen as a Hollywood Starlet. Here’s a clip of her skating…in her mid-thigh skirt. *Gasp!*

The end of the decade saw ladies slowly getting rid of the hats and men slowly getting rid of the Knickerbocker style pants. It also saw the rise of the touring Ice Show, with The Ice Follies in 1936. The Ice Follies troupe, modeled after the famous Theatrical troupe the Ziegfeld Follies was a variety show, comprised of lots of pretty women skating in lots of impossible costumes. I mean IMPOSSIBLE. And it also featured Mr. Frick, who invented the cantilever move. (OMG HIS KNEES). Below is a picture of the Ice Follies performing a traditional number at the 1962 World’s Fair. (It’s not from the 1930s, but a lot of their stuff was like this…generally with bigger headdresses). 

The troupe was featured in the 1939 movie, the Ice Follies of 1939, starring Joan Crawford. If you can get a hold of it, you can see the show costumes from the time. 

We’ll return next time with even shorter skirts, more dapper men, and the beginning of the sparkle craze! And, the birth of the Ice Capades!

P.S. If you want to watch a cool documentary the history of ice shows and “Professional” (as in tour) skating you can check out the documentary the Fabulous Ice Age, which was streaming on Netflix, last I knew! 

What Coaching Yuuri Meant To Viktor

So I was rewatching Yuri on Ice and noticed something that really got me thinking.

This scene is startlingly similar to this.

source: @mystic-snk


So what intrigued me was why Viktor’s reactions were so different. The surprise from both Yuris’ boldness is there, but what makes Yuuri’s declaration so much more special? What made it enough to completely captivate Viktor?

I think the most important difference here, is in what each is asking for. What Yurio wants, is Viktor’s skating. What Yuuri wants, is Viktor.

Yes, while Yuuri does ask for Viktor to coach him, which can be seen as asking for his skating experience, we must note that a very drunk Yuuri says this first.

That’s got nothing to do with coaching, and it’s evident that what Yuuri desires most is not for skating legend Viktor to become his coach and help him work his way to the top, but for his TIME and his COMPANY— for himself.

Yurio is asking for the Skating Legend Viktor Nikiforov. Yuuri is asking for Viktor.

What makes this even more meaningful to Viktor is a result of what’s happening on Viktor’s side.

So from this we know is that Viktor has been skating for decades, and we know that he’s the best at it. The whole world knows it as well. And when your achievements become so big that they eclipse any other aspect of yourself, you become known only for those achievements alone.

The whole world sees Viktor only as a skater. When people approach him, it’s always for something to do with skating. If they want a photo, it’s because he’s skating legend Viktor Nikiforov. If they want an interview, they want one with skating legend Viktor Nikiforov. Without skating, there would be no Viktor. It’s almost as if that’s all he’s worth. When he’s exposed to something like that from such a young age, it’s no surprise that he’d start to form his identity around that. To Viktor, skating is who he is.

So when Viktor finds that he can no longer surprise people, when he finds that his skating is no longer what it used to be, it’s almost like he’s failing at being Viktor Nikiforov. In other words, he’s losing his identity.

It’s also worth noting that the Viktor in the first episode is nothing like the Viktor we know throughout the rest of the series. This backs up my idea that Viktor tries too hard to meet expectations, so much so that he suppresses himself to portray this cool image that is a part of his “skating identity”.

When Yuuri asks for him to be his coach, it’s not just the underlying meaning from my first point that gets to him.

It’s the fact that Yuuri says coach. Viktor doesn’t need to skate or surprise anyone, nor does he need to be a skating champion in order to be worth something to Yuuri.

What Yuuri has offered him is a chance to find a new identity, one that isn’t built around skating, and instead revolves around Viktor as a person. He’s giving Viktor a chance to break that facade and be himself (which Viktor does… Very unapologetically.)


This is why Viktor is able to walk away from everything so easily. This is why, when Yakov tells Viktor that he might not be able to return if he walked away, Viktor still left; because he felt that he could find a life apart from skating– a life with Yuuri, who didn’t expect him to be a skating legend– and he was willing to take the risk.

Thankfully, it worked out.


Viktor has no qualms leaving the world of competitive skating if it meant being by Yuuri’s side. He found an identity that didn’t need him to be a skating legend. He found a life apart from skating that made him happy, a life where he was just Viktor, and a life where that was enough.

anonymous asked:

i think someone should draw the podium fam in historical skating outfits from every decade you write about. wouldn't that be awesome?

That would be the bees knees! I think I would just be a total gas, doll! 

But no…really. I don’t have the talent for such things. But if someone chose to bless us with Victuuri through the skating decades I would look at that art. I would look at it and reblog it and appreciate it so hard. And add it to my theme (with permission) and just stare at it at work when I was supposed to be doing things…

anonymous asked:

ok, what's with everyone and new found love for spike jonze (ps wtf calls themselves spike)

wHATS” UP WITH SPIKE jONZE????

lemme tell u whats up with spike jonze.

first off, his real name is adam or something but was given the nickname spike jonze when he was young. 

spike jonze directs amazing, artistically groundbreaking music videos for bands such as the beastie boys, arcade fire, weezer, kayne west, daft punk, bjork ect. you’ve probably seen a bunch before and been like dang son, that was cool as heck. 

spike jonze also directs beautiful films such as Her (really beautiful, he’s getting awards for it and my personal fave films of 2013), Where The Wild Things Are (he took like a 15 page book and turned into an artistic 2 hour film), Adaptation (lots of Nicolas cage but done well nic cage) and Being John Malkovich (one of the best films tbh) 

spike jonze co-created jackass and produces all of the jackass shows and films and even appeared as an old woman in jackass 2 and bad grandpa which was very important. 

spike jonze is a wicked skateboarder who has been skating for decades, he partly owns GIRL skateboards. he also makes skate films because he’s god’s gift to the artistic world. 

spike jonze can act! he’s acted in small roles, in a lot of neat films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball, Three Kings and features in a lot of his own films in little cameos. 

spike jonze does it all, he can kick it with jackass guys but also create beautiful art. he’s talented in the ways of writing, acting, directing, skating and he does it will with his cute little face, kind personality and his high pitched voice. 

ladies and gentlemen, spike jonze is important.