Fashion Trends - A Look Back

I went to see the movie I, Tonya, and I will admit that I had forgotten what the dresses looked like in the early 1990s. The styles reflected what we were seeing in streetwear with high necklines and very defined shoulder silhouettes.

I remember hearing about a senior lady whose dresses were so heavily beaded that it was a wonder she could get into the air to jump. This kind of beading was very much what we were seeing on formal dresses in the early 1970s.

I had also forgotten about the fabrics. When I was a young skater, one of the fabrics was double-knit fabric (which shrank if it went in the dryer – how do I know? Guess).

Dress Wright Head Designer and Owner Deanna Wright said: “Gone are the days of polyester crimplene garments that required zipper closures and darts for shaping a garment! The explosion of Activewear in mainstream fashion has also precipitated huge growth in fabric technology. This in turn has trickled back down to the fashion fabrics. We are lucky to have such a plethora of stretch fabrics are our fingertips.”

Funny enough, I remember the first stretchy fabrics from way back in the day. This was the first time I had ever been in a lightweight and very stretchy skating dress (read comfortable).

So now that we have the ‘what’ in terms of the fabrics. How do we use them?

Coach Jennifer O’Brien always was and is always finding inspiration by watching the trends. “Every time I see a movie or flip through a fashion magazine my mind is inspired by what I see. it could be a line, a colour combination or a simple detail; it is inspirational. Design is in every aspect of our lives! “

For Deanna Wright, Owner of Dress Wright Synchro and head designer, there are certain things to watch out for when trying to translate a dress from street wear to ice wear, “The details have to translate to the big white football field, be interesting but not overpowering, when there are 16 skaters on the ice, and be functional because it is still a sport with lots of action! The design can look great but if doesn’t move or if skaters are self conscious in any way then they can’t skate freely.”

Ultimately, fashion, in any era, is about helping a person feel their best. The same goes for creating a look for a synchronized skating team on the ice.


This is a perfect case in point for how the fashion of the day beyond the boards influenced costumes that were on the ice. Let’s take a look back at the 1990 US Precision Skating Championships.


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