Ladies Figure Skating Dresses

May 13, 2017
All of My (Jayde s) Ice

Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

Wellesley designer Yumi Barnett-Nakamura has worked with Harvard student Christina Gao.

Figure skating legend and 1976 gold medalist Dorothy Hamill recalls her first skating costume. It wasn’t designed by Vera Wang or Christian Lacroix. Alas, it was a sad, frumpy little frock hand-stitched by her mother.

“My first skating costume was red and knitted and it had a little white marabou trim at the bottom, ” Hamill recalled. “That was it. No other embellishments.”

By the time Hamill reached the Olympics, her wardrobe was still as exciting as a bedsheet. She was donning dresses made by a friend of her mother. Cost: $120.

That simplicity is a far cry from the parade of glamour that will be seen this weekend at the US Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden, and next month at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Ice queens will compete in costumes inspired by red carpet couture and featuring avant-garde asymmetrical cutouts, intricate beading, hand-sewn Swarovski crystals, netting, and lace.

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