rubberducksandrevelations asked: During the men's team short program, one of the commentators mentioned certain rules about costumes in figure skating. What are they? I'm assuming that spanglyness is a must. Also, the Norwegian commentators are hilarious, the most fabulous Swede ever (seriously, he was wearing a neckerchief the other day), and Dorthe Skappel, a Norwegian TV personality who's only job seems to be to mix up the skaters' programs.
well, male skaters have to wear trousers rather than tights, to avoid the risk of an accidental dong sighting. it used to be the case that women had to wear skirts, although now women are allowed to wear trousers or a unitard instead AFAIK. it’s pretty rare to see that, though.
in general, you’re not meant to wear anything too ostentatious that might come loose and end up on the ice. and i’m sure there are some other rules, but i just don’t know them because i’m not a figure skating expert or anything. i suspect that a lot of it is more like guidelines than rules, because while women technically CAN wear unitards, they’re way more likely to be accepted by the figure skating establishment if they align with the feminine ideal and wear a sparkly ice princess costume with a skirt instead. also, skaters are graded on their appearance so if you showed up in like a grey jumpsuit and no makeup, you’d certainly be marked down.
Anonymous asked: Would you/have you ever designed clothes or costumes of your own?
i don’t have any proper training and tbh i’m too lazy to have practised much, but i’ve made some clothes for myself over the years, and i costumed a friend’s play once. the weirdest thing was a few months ago, when i was in a vintage clothing store in edinburgh and came across a frock coat i made with my mum when i was about 14. it was pretty crappy (because it was made by a 14-year-old, lol) but it was still selling for about £30 or £40, i think.
another-elle asked: Cyclops can't see the color blue because of his visor, but most of his costumes over the years have been predominantly blue. What's up with that?
My working assumption is that Cyclops pretty much just wears whatever other people hand him. It would explain a lot.
There’s this great bit of animation history: Hal Sutherland, animation director for Filmation on series like Star trek The Animated Series and Fat Albert, was colorblind and couldn’t see the color red. Consequently, he accidentally used pink in a lot of his designs (like klingon uniforms) thinking he was using gray.
My pet theory was always that Cyclops thought he was wearing a sedate, mature, dark gray suit, and never realized he was in a primary-colored jumpsuit, and no one on the team wanted to question of insult his fashion choices.
Or they just assumed it was deliberate, since blue and yellow have generally been the team colors. But: That’s BRILLIANT and hilarious.