Color of fabric against the skater’s skin tone is the first thing we always look at,”says Miller. “Then I listen to the music and consider what the skater’s likes and dislikes are.”
Miller should know what Davis, 25, likes – and looks good in – by now.
“Meryl was eight years old when we first started sewing her freestyle dresses and then for her and Charlie when they became a team shortly after that.”
Miller designs and does the “stoning” – the crystals, beads and other sparkly embellishments – for the costumes, and her business partner Luanne Williams does all the sewing from her home in Grass Lake, near Jackson.
“Luanne can sew anything I draw up,” says Miller of their 17-year working relationship. “She is amazing.”
Miller herself was a synchronized skater for 17 years and also did ice dancing – she designed all her own costumes back then. Her eye for design, however, caught the envy of many fellow skaters and soon her professional designing career was underway.