My husband and I were watching the Olympics this morning and he posed an interesting question. How do the ice dancers get into their costumes? I was guessing that the bodices are made of stretchy material and perhaps there are side zippers? I don't really know and I'm curious about this. Does anyone know the answer? As I recall, we have an ice skater on this list.
Posted 2014-02-16 9:24 PM (#87324 - in reply to #87318) Subject: Re: Ice Dancing Dresses
Thistles I honestly don't know. But just basing it on ballet partnering clothes--- I should think that they might use the least amount of hardware necessary. Ice skating clothes are most often stretch and ballet are most often woven but the same criteria would stand. Zips might hurt and bruise. Same for hooks. When a ballet bodice is handled harshly it is often stitched together on the body. That usually means two dressers. One to hold the pieces (ex. the two backs) together and the other to stitch with a fairly invisible stitch. Honestly -- it goes quite quickly and is all but invisible to the audience. I've done at least dozens.
Posted 2014-02-17 12:30 PM (#87340 - in reply to #87331) Subject: Re: Ice Dancing Dresses
Often in a heavily partnered pas de deux the very pressure of the partners hands during lifts will open the hooks unexpectedly. Yet I agree h&es are the fastening of choice in most companies. Hooks on tutu bodices are some times stitched on alternating right and left. It helps . One dancer I worked with who was wearing a zipped bodice required her dresser to stitch the zipper laps together. --with the pull inside! They are rare birds indeed.
Posted 2014-02-17 2:15 PM (#87346 - in reply to #87324) Subject: Re: Ice Dancing Dresses
Location: United States
I hadn't thought about the pain to the performer of zippers and other hardware. Ouch! Some of the outfits are open in the back, which would make them easier to get into, but some have flesh colored mesh all the way up to the neck in front and back. I wondered about the possibility of sewing them into the costumes, but then I noticed that they often wear the same costume over and over. This is quite mysterious!
Posted 2014-02-17 11:02 PM (#87348 - in reply to #87318) Subject: Re: Ice Dancing Dresses
Location: Las Vegas
I have made quite a few skaters costumes and do not use zippers. The materials used are lycra and they are mostly cut out or slit in the back with hooks at the neck. The hardest part is attaching the skirt which sometimes don't stretch. Adjusting the pattern from stretch to non stretch in the hip area is the trickiest part of it.
PS For your information they keep their panties in place with glue so it doesn't ride up on their butt!