Johnny Weir, US Nationals 2008 (Short Program)
Believe it or not, there will come a day when I have to give a Johnny Weir costume a thumbs down. Happily, today is not that day.
The program was Yunona I Avos, which I believe is a Russian rock opera about thwarted love? I speculate that the two halves of the costume are the two characters of the lovers merging, perhaps?
Either way, I am in love with the jagged lines and intricate beading combined with some very subtle illusion and dramatic glove action. I’m only sorry I wasn’t able to find a good shot of the back.
(I’m also sorry that videos of this gorgeous performance reminded me of how idiotic commentators used to be about Johnny, like they just didn’t know how to respond to his skating so they’d blurt out ridiculous statements like “He’s a flamboyant character, but his skating is pure!” Trailblazers always have a rough time of it, I guess.)