Concurrent Sessions

Figure Skating Apparel: Design for Functional, Expressive, and Aesthetic Needs

  • Nancy Drennen (Colorado State University)


Utilizing figure skating attire as a focus when teaching the design process stimulates student interest in a product with growing demand and develops creative problem-solving abilities for multiple purpose active wear. Several models of the design process were applied to figure skating design problems. Three different categories of attire (competitive, show, practice) provided opportunities for varying emphases as to importance of expressive-aesthetic, functional-aesthetic, or expressive-functional purposes. For example, the lady's competition dress must reflect music theme, desired figure skating image, age appropriateness, and functional concerns like mobility, warmth/ coolness, breathability, weight, stretchability and durability. Practice wear, in contrast, must meet some aesthetic criteria (attractiveness) but more emphasis is placed on such functional criteria as washability, pill resistance, durability, and warmth/coolness.

How to Cite:

Drennen, N., (1998) “Figure Skating Apparel: Design for Functional, Expressive, and Aesthetic Needs”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 1999(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1999