It was amazing to work with her because she was such an inspiration on a personal and professional level.
I’m in awe of her as a person, a mother, a designer.
I was at her Figure Skating Hall of Fame induction and had started to be interested in fashion and intrigued by it.
The work that she did was unlike anything that’s worn in skating and so groundbreaking in sports in general. How are the costumes Vera Wang designed for you different from the ones you’ve worn in the past?
I think for me, I never was really too involved in the process because I didn’t see skating costumes as fashion. She said, why don’t we bring your personal style and taste and my personal style and taste together, and instead of classical pieces, why not bring the costumes into the 21st century, and make them modern and fashionable?
In her clothing line and the costumes she did for me, there’s an attention to detail that’s not the the norm.
Vera is one of their big supporters, because she grew up as an elite skater. At that point, I really knew nothing about fashion—wasn’t into it at all—but I knew Vera as a skater and that she had done costumes for Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan.
I wanted to know, how did she figured out life after skating?