TV Heads Up On Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Details On “My Fair Lady” Costume

Just a little TV Heads Up: Gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be ice skating again in The Figure Skating Gala in Sochi where all the medalists will perform. The Gala will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:30 PM ET on NBC Sports Network!! They may show highlights on your NBC local TV station in the primetime broadcast. So, be sure to watch. Thanks to Linz for the heads up!

Also, if interested in knowing more on Meryl and Charlie’s costumes and how former Dancing With The Stars designer, Randall Christensen, was inspired in making them, be sure to read this exclusive interview at PureDWTS. Below is a take on their “My Fair Lady” costume for which Derek choreographed and a sketch of the design….

Can you tell us about how and when this union came to be? What was the designing process like and working with Meryl and Charlie for the Olympics? Was Derek Hough involved in any way with the costume process since he choreographed their Short dance?

MY COMPANY HAS BEEN WORKING WITH MERYL AND CHARLIE FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WHILE I WAS STILL WORKING ON DWTS. THEY APPROACHED US IN 2009/2010 TO MAKE COSTUMES FOR THEM. WHEN I ENDED MY RUN ON DWTS THEY WERE ALREADY ESTABLISHED CLIENTS.

MERYL’S MOTHER CHERYL HAS BEEN A GODSEND AND SUCH A HELP WITH THE DESIGNING PROCESS. SHE (& THEY) SEND US PHOTOS, MAGAZINE PICS AND/OR VIDEOS TO HELP US GET IDEAS OF THINGS THEY’RE CONSIDERING FOR A COSTUME. FOR THIS COMPETITION SEASON WE HAVE ACTUALLY CREATED 3 DIFFERENT PINK COSTUMES FOR MERYL. SHE WORE THE FIRST ONE IN BOSTON, A VERY SIMPLE, CLASSIC COSTUME – SLEEVELESS, WITH LOTS OF CRYSTAL JEWELS ALONG THE NECKLINE AND WAISTLINE. WE CREATED A SECOND (STILL NOT SEEN) PINK COSTUME BASED OFF OF A MAGAZINE “TEAR SHEET” PHOTO. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL COSTUME JUST ENCRUSTED WITH THOUSANDS OF VARIOUS SIZES AND SHADES OF PINK RHINESTONES.

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THE THIRD PINK COSTUME (AND THE ONE THAT SHE ENDED UP WEARING FOR THE SHORT PROGRAM IN THE OLYMPICS) DEFINITELY HAD A VINTAGE FEEL TO IT, WHICH WAS INTENTIONAL. THEY WERE DANCING TO “I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT” FROM “MY FAIR LADY.” I THOUGHT THAT THE COSTUME EMBODIED THE LOOK OF THAT ERA, THE FEELING OF YOUTH AND INNOCENCE THAT THE CHARACTER (IN THE MOVIE) FELT, AS WELL AS THE FEELING OF HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY THAT SHE WAS EXPERIENCING, FEELING BEAUTIFUL FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. ALL OF THESE EMOTIONS ALSO WERE MIRRORED IN MERYL! I FELT IT WAS A PERFECT BLENDING OF CHARACTER, EMOTIONS AND EMBODIED HOW MERYL WAS FEELING. HER MOTHER SENT A VIDEO CLIP OF AN OLD MOVIE THAT HAD A SIMILAR IDEA. FOR ABOUT A WEEK I STRUGGLED WITH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THE COSTUME WORK, AND STILL BE YOUTHFUL AND DREAMY. AFTER SEVERAL (FAILED) ATTEMPTS, I STRUCK GOLD (no pun intended) WITH THE CONCEPT THAT WE WENT WITH. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE PINK APPLIQUE WORK THAT WE DID, SCULPTING AND SHAPING AREAS OF MERYL’S BODY, AND THE JEWEL/STONE WORK WAS PHENOMENAL! AFTER WE SENT THE COSTUME FOR A FITTING, MERYL ASKED IF WE COULD TAKE OUT ONE OF THE (3) LAYERS OF SILK CHIFFON IN THE SKIRT AND ADD A DARKER PINK, SO THAT THEIR FINAL LIFT WOULD SHOW THE CONTRASTING UNDERSKIRT. AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, I WAS IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FABRIC SHOPPING WHEN MY ASSISTANT IN PHOENIX CALLED AND TOLD ME, SO I WAS ABLE TO GET THE CONTRAST COLOR SILK RIGHT THEN. AND I MUST SAY, THE CONTRASTING UNDERSKIRT DEFINITELY MADE SUCH AN IMPACT!

Lots more at PureDWTS. Sigh, I don’t think I will ever forget this Olympics. Derek and Randall’s involvement made it that more special, didn’t it?! ~Vogue

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4 Responses to TV Heads Up On Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Details On “My Fair Lady” Costume

  1. Cathy says:

    Thanks for all your hard work in posting all this interesting news! There is just so much going on!! The “My Fair Lady” costumes were absolutely gorgeous. Meryl’s pink dress made her look so elegant. The full article on PureDWTS is truly fascinating!

  2. Voguerista says:

    Be sure to read more at the PureDWTS link if you haven’t yet. Randall’s complete story is fascinating.

  3. Abby says:

    Very cool!

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