US Figure Skating Championships The ice rink becomes the runway for female figure skaters ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Globe file Figure skating legend and 1976 gold medalist Dorothy Hamill's first skating costume was made by her mother. Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images Hamill's simple dresses are a far cry from the intricate beading and asymmetrical cut-outs of the costumes that will be seen this weekend at the US Figure Skating Championships in Boston and at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month. Pictured, Miki Ando of Japan. Issei Kato/Reuters These costumes can cost thousands of dollars, and in some cases, take their inspiration directly from red carpet couture. Pictured, Gracie Gold of the United States. JACQUES DEMARTHON/Getty Images Wellesley-based costume designer Yumi Barnett-Nakamura, who has worked with skater and Harvard student Christina Gao (pictured), work closely with skaters and coaches during the designing process. Elise Amendola/Associated Press Barnett-Nakamura's clients Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff at the US Figure Skating Championships. Figure skating costume design began borrowing from pop culture in the late 1970’s and early 1980s. Power dressing began influencing Olympian Debi Thomas. UPI The over-the-top costumes of Olympian Katarina Witt (center) caused the so-called “Katarina Rule” forced skater’s arms be covered and that a skirt was required for competition (the rule was dropped in 2003). Greg M. Cooper The most seasoned and well-regarded costume designer in the business, Jef Billings is a fan of the ensembles worn by Sasha Cohen (pictured) and and Mao Asada. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images “This is fantasy, not the Gap. Give the people what they want," said Billings. Pictured, Mao Asada.