Why do people love figure skating? For the smoothness and beauty of movements, for drama and joy, for successes and falls. And also for the costumes. Of course, in such outfits, in which the skaters perform on the ice, you will not go out into the light. But they are part of the inimitable image of the athlete, her story, albeit short, only three minutes long. Each dress is an association with a performance. We have collected for you some of the most beautiful and spectacular outfits of Russian figure skaters in recent years.
Yulia Lipnitskaya's red dress (free program, 2014 Olympics)
This dress was made especially for the figure skater's program, which she performed to the music from the movie "Schindler's List" at the Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The performance was appreciated by Steven Spielberg himself and thanked Lipnitskaya for the embodiment of the film's heroine in a red coat. So Julia's outfit is a direct reference to the movie. The idea of such a pitch belongs to the skater herself, her mother and coach Eteri Tutberidze.
Like the movie, the dress has become iconic. It was included in the list of the most memorable in figure skating.
Oriental dress of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (free program, Grand Prix final 2014/2015)
In the final of the Grand Prix in Barcelona, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva appeared in the form of an oriental queen. The 2014/2015 season was an experiment for the skater in terms of outfits - she differed from others in her eccentricity. A blue suit with expensive trim and light translucent sleeves and elements emphasized the oriental image of Tuktamysheva.
Alina Zagitova's red tutu (free program, 2018 Olympics)
Costumes before the 2018 Olympics were often found in the images of Zagitova. The skater wore the very first such dress for another student of Eteri Tutberidze, Evgenia Medvedeva.
Alina performed the free program "Don Quixote" for two seasons, and she brought her the gold of the Olympics. True, a new costume was made for the Games: a bright red tutu trimmed with gold, complemented by long matching gloves. The new version of the tutu was designed to add theatricality to the image of the figure skater.
Geisha Evgenia Medvedeva (free program, season 2019/2020)
The choice of the figure skater's outfit for this program was expected: in what, if not in a kimono, to perform a number to the music from Memoirs of a Geisha. The dress was sewn by the Japanese master Satomi Ito, who worked with the leading figure skaters of the Land of the Rising Sun.
The performance dress is made in the likeness of a real kimono. It is dark in color, with elements of white and blue, embroidered with sakura flowers, which are made of sequins and glass beads.
Lilac dress of Kamila Valieva (short program, 2022 Olympics)
In it, the Russian figure skater shone at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022. Then in the life of Camila there was no doping scandal yet, she was airy and light - like her beautiful lilac dress, similar to butterfly wings. This program has become one of Valieva's best, the figure skater herself has repeatedly noted that she loves her the most. And the dress is part of this gentle image.
Anna Shcherbakova's burgundy dress (free program, 2022 Olympics)
In the free program at the Beijing Olympics, Anna Shcherbakova embodied Bulgakov's Margarita. She is just that: mysterious, in a dark burgundy dress. It was definitely a gold bid. Blueberry and burgundy dress with white petticoat, black rhinestone lace patches and laced open back. All this, combined with the tenderness of Anna Shcherbakova and her soulful skating, brought the figure skater the gold of the Olympics.