Vancouver Olympics, Like Everything Else, Becomes a Fashion Show


We hadn’t considered it from this angle, but ours is a fashion-obsessed, mrrow-hiss sort of era, so naturally there’s been a lot of talk about the outfits at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Coco Perez found three ice-dancing or figure-skating or whatever they are couples who, while they may not have “received gold medals for skating… definitely deserve one for having HOrrendous performance outfits!”

Yahoo UK did a more comprehensive worst-dressed list, giving the Gold to the Norweigan curling team’s motley (pictured).

Skaters drew the most haters. NPR assembled a panel of fashionistas to make fun of the ice dancers (“It looks like a My Little Pony did stomach surgery on The Crow”). The Regina Leader-Post‘s “What gives with Vancouver 2010 Olympics fashion?” item said the Canadian speed skaters’ “plastic girdle over top with the crotch cut out… gives them the menacing look of droogs from A Clockwork Orange.”

There was also politicized fashion protests over the costumes of Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, described as “dark, skin-toned bodysuits punctuated by bright red loin cloths, white body paint and eucalyptus leaves.” “Some Australian leaders” found the whole thing offensively aboriginal, “with inauthentic steps and gaudy costumes” and, worst of all, digeridoo music. And figure skater Johnny Weir was forced by animal-rights-group pressure to change his fox fur to faux fur.

Huffington Post even put the opening-ceremony outfits up for discussion. “Which one showed up looking the best?” they asked. Some commenters obliged: “Montenegro looks like they have Washington Generals uniforms.” Others went in for purely nationalistic insults (“Your right Canada is so much better than the US”), in the true spirit of the Olympics.

In the age of Top Model and Project Runway, even the sports pages are starting to read like Vogue.



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