Winter Olympics: Designer of French skater's costume mortified by wardrobe malfunction

France's Gabriella Papadakis and France's Guillaume Cizeron compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Feb 19, 2018.
France's Gabriella Papadakis and France's Guillaume Cizeron compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Feb 19, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The designer of the dress worn by French ice skater Gabriella Papadakis in the Winter Olympics said Monday (Feb 19) she felt "terribly guilty" after an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction caused the outfit to slip.

Papadakis, who with Guillaume Cizeron is among the favourites for gold in the ice dance event, said she had suffered her "worst nightmare" after Cizeron inadvertently unclipped the back of her green costume during their short dance routine.

Her halter-top slipped sideways to briefly expose her left breast, but the French pair showed remarkable composure to skate on and finish the first day of competition in the silver medal position behind Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Designer Sophie Thomas, who has made all the pair's outfits for the past six years, told AFP: "I feel terribly guilty, even though it's not my fault.

"I just can't explain it, it's a real mystery. The top was firmly attached.

"There were studs on the top and a hook which held up the back of it. And there was stitching over the top of it.

"We just don't know why it came undone at that very moment. It's bad luck, there's just no rational explanation."