Northern Michigan woman designs for Olympic gold
All eyes will be on the athletes at the upcoming winter Olympics, and one northern Michigan woman has a big part in how the figure skaters look under the bright lights.
Stephanie Miller has been designing costumes for both men and women skaters for more than 20 years.
â??I take stuff with me on vacation believe it or not because I can't be gone,â?? said designer Stephanie Miller.
Stephanie started figure skating in high school and quickly started making her own competition dresses.
â??I never dreamed in a million years that I would be doing stuff for Olympic skaters.â??
Setting up shop in her Kingsley home, Stephanie makes outfits for all levels of figure skaters. Her business got a boost when Meryl Davis and Charlie White won a silver medal while wearing her creations in Vancouver.
â??(People) just kept calling, and calling so sometimes we have to turn them away because we have too many dresses and we don't rush anything. We try to make it a custom made dress.â??
Stephanie designs the costumes, getting ideas from the Golden Globes, red carpet events and movies. From there her business partner puts the costume together, and Stephanie takes care of the rest, a product seen by millions of people across the world.
â??Pretty cool at first. Then everybody is calling you 'hey I saw your dressâ?|' now I see it a lot which it's still very exciting. I'm very humbled to the fact that here I am doing something like that.â??
The process takes about two months from start to finish before the costumes hit the ice.
â??I take great pride. I have thousands of pictures of every dress I've ever done from the lowest little skater to the top Olympian. I have pictures of all my stuff and I keep it proudly in albums upstairs.â??