Designer marches wear down aisles and on ice

February 12, 1992|By T. J. Howard and Elaine Matsushita | T. J. Howard and Elaine Matsushita,Chicago Tribune

The costumes for U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan are the creations of New York fashion designer Vera Wang, who specializes in bridal and custom-made gowns.

The leap from bridal to ice skating garb was not as difficult as it may sound, since Ms. Wang skated competitively during her childhood. When Mary Scotvold, Ms. Kerrigan's coach, read an article in People magazine about Ms. Wang, she contacted the )) designer and it turned out the two women already knew each other from the skating circuit.

So when Ms. Kerrigan, 22, makes her first Olympic appearance in Albertville, France, she will be taking two costumes designed by Ms. Wang. For the short skating program on Feb. 19, Ms. Kerrigan will wear a chartreuse skating dress with a halter-top, sheer jersey sleeves and a bodice embroidered with lime, silver and crystal stones and pink beads. On Feb. 21, Ms. Kerrigan will wear a simple white dress with sheer white yoke and sleeves.

"Working with stretch fabrics needed for skating has allowed me to incorporate a certain modernity and body consciousness that I don't often use in designing couture clothing," says Ms. Wang.

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