What not to wear: The rules of fashion on the ice

US Johnny Weir performs during the men's
Johnny Weir famously competed in a swan-inspired costume with a single red glove (aka the beak) that he named Camille. Franck Fife

Figure skating has long been known for its bedazzled, over-the-top and sometimes crazy costumes: Johnny Weir famously competed in a swan-inspired costume with a single red glove (aka the beak) that he named Camille.

Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin fueled controversy with their stereotyped “aboriginal” costumes.

And Katarina Witt caused a stir with her 1988 feather-trimmed getup that was deemed too sexy for lacking a skirt.

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Figure skaters – stuffed animals and “sweepers”



Giving figure skaters stuffed animals is a proper affair. After fans throw their stuffed animals in the skating rink, young boys and girls known as “sweepers” or “pixies” stride forward onto the ice and start picking those toys up one by one.

It may sound like a cumbersome chore for a child to run but these Continue reading

Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection


Instruction and Delight: Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 17 January — 23 May 2019

Wallis’s Elegant and Instructive Game exhibiting the Wonders of Art in Each Quarter of the World, ca. 1820
(New Haven: Yale Center for British Art)

By the beginning of the eighteenth century in Britain, parents and teachers had begun to embrace wholeheartedly a suggestion from the philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) that “Learning might be made a Play and Recreation to Children.”

The material culture of this period, and the subsequent generation, reveals a significant shift in thinking, as adults found fresh value in childhood and in play for its own sake. Continue reading

Conservation of Tutankhamun’s Tomb Completed

Ολοκληρώθηκε η αποκατάσταση του τάφου του Τουταγχαμών



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Live Science reports that conservators from the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities have completed a decade-long project to restore the 3,000-year-old tomb of Tutankhamun and upgrade its infrastructure.

Tutankhamun began his rule during the New Kingdom, around 1336 B.C., at the age of nine, and died in his late teens. His mummy remains in the tomb. Continue reading