ISU Skating Awards 2020 - Best Costume
Honors the Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple whose costume reflects creativity, contemporary implementation, fashion, style and originality.Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES (USA)
Madison Chock/Evan Bates’ costumes reflect the theme of their “Egyptian Snake Dance” Free Dance. Costume designer Mathieu Caron and Chock collaborated to create these costumes.
“This is probably my favorite costume I’ve worn so far,” Chock told the ISU. “I designed this dress with Mathieu Caron. It was hand painted and stoned by his incredible team. I wanted the dress to look like a snakeskin in both pattern and fit. The skirt is fitted when I’m standing still and moves with my legs when I stretch to emulate how snake skin would naturally move with the body. We used mesh fabric to show a thin/sheer skin-like appearance between the paint and stoning patterns. The colors were inspired by ancient Egypt so we used gold, turquoise, green and a hint of red in the eyes of my snake glove.”
Designer Mathieu Caron agreed: “Firstly, the inspiration comes from the program, from the music, but mostly from the skaters. I love watching them skating when they create their programs. This allows me to connect with them and to understand their intention for the new season,” he told the ISU. “Madison is an experienced skater and an accomplished artist. She communicates to me what look she wants. After that, it is my task to put the demands together and come up with a design. It is always a pleasure to work with her, as she gives me and my team the room we need to be creative. Madison came with some photos for inspiration, the colors and other details that are important to her. Then, I suggest an outline, the working technique and my artistic vision. We have worked like that for several years and we have reached a point where our collaboration is very natural,” Caron explained.
“In general, I consider that my work should service the performance of the athletes. The costume should always stress and define the intention of the choreographer, reveal and underline the strengths of the athletes,” he added.
A lot of work again was involved in this particular costume. “There are more than 14’500 strass stones, attached by hand, one by one. There are several hundreds of little sequins glued to this dress to recreate the scales of the snake skin. More than 80 hours of work went into this dress when we used several techniques to achieve the result we hoped for. There is tailoring work, we have insertions of cloth, there are also different painting techniques,” the designer said.
This is one of Mathieu Caron’s favorite costumes that he has made to date. “There are various reasons. One is maybe because of the complexity of the design as we were able to realize what we imagined. It is a good success for me and my team. To me, this costume is special because we unite all the elements: the recognition by the audience, a magnificent program and, most of all, two athletes that live and own completely their music and the control of their art, their sport. I am lucky to see my clothes coming to life thanks to the talent of all these athletes. It is the skaters that make a costume iconic.” Biography
Anna Shcherbakova (RUS)
Anna Shcherbakova’s costume for her “Firebird“ Free Skating involves a change from a blue to a red dress. The idea to reflect the change of mood in the music and to underline the “Firebird” theme with the change of the costume came from Shcherbakova’s coach Eteri Tutberidze. Costume designer Milena Bobkova developed that idea further and created the costume. “I was very surprised when the coaches suggested that costume change because you don't see that often in Figure Skating. I was very interested in trying it,” Shcherbakova said when speaking about the costume at her ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event Skate America. “We tried it and it turned out it wasn't that easy, there were some difficulties with this costume and I'm glad the idea worked out. I like it when the crowd says 'wow' when I do it. It looks very easy and we need to train a lot to make it look that way.” Tutberidze turned to Milena Bobkova as she knew that the designer had experience with “changing costumes”, for example she had created costumes for show numbers.
Yuzuru HANYU (JPN)
Yuzuru Hanyu’s long-time costume designer Satomi Ito created the costume for his program “Origin” that he performed at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2019/20 and other events. The designer was inspired by Vaclav Nijinski’s costume in the ballet “Le Spectre de la Rose” (“The Spirit of the Rose”) that premiered in 1911. Hanyu’s program “Origin” was a tribute to Evgeni Plushenko and his “Nijinski” Free Skating program (2003/2004 season).