italian dancer

From our stacks: Title page detail from La Danza in Italia 1500-1900. Raffaele Carrieri. Milano: Editoriale Domus, n.d. “Di Questa Opera Sono State Stampate 6 Copie Fuori Commercio Contrassegnate Dalle Lettere A-B-C-D-E-F, 194 Copie con Rilegatura Speciale Numerate Dall’1 al 194 800 Copie Numerate dal 195 al 994 Esemplare N.62″

Cléo de Mérode (1901). Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Oil on canvas.

Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation and one of the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not her feet. Cléo was a good dancer but her beauty caught the public’s eye. By 13, she already had posed for Jean-Louis Forain and Edgar Degas, who often sketched her.

Things YoI Fans/Ficcers Should Know About Skating (#11)


So, many people don’t know this, but judges can actually deduct a certain amount from your score if they deem what you’re wearing inappropriate. “The effect of excessive nudity inappropriate to the sport” will lose you points. So will “garish” or “overly theatrical” ensembles. 

Guys MUST wear full length pants. And female Ice Dancers MUST wear a skirt. Ladies in the single and pair divisions can wear the unitard look, but most don’t. 

Also, you are penalized with a deduction if any part of your costume falls on the ice. So anything that has movement on a costume is really well anchored and costumes tend to be as close to one piece as a designer can get them (sometimes guys often do the top and pants thing, Ladies’ costumes are always one piece).

This is one of the most subjective rules in Figure Skating and I don’t know how often it’s used. If one judge doesn’t like your look, it’s really NBD. But thats points you don’t want to lose if all of them hate it. 

TAKEAWAYS FOR MY BELOVED FIC WRITERS: Victor and Yuuri can’t be in shades of naked. Okay, they can be in sort of shades of naked, but…you get my drift. Also, mesh inserts (which you all seem to love) anywhere besides the neckline of a costume tend to be lined. This is structural, since it prevents stretching, and also functional because if you fall onto a big old mesh panel, it’s really flipping cold! Judges aren’t big on nipples either, just saying.  (¬‿¬)

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