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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Hallmarks of a Yumi Couture design Attention to detail is what makes Yumi's designs stand apart. For elite skaters, her two-month-or-more process for creating a custom outfit starts with research. To spark her creativity, Yumi listens to the ath- lete's music, watches videos of past performances, studies photos, and talks to the skater and his or her coach about the mood and image they desire. "they want to dazzle" artist profile W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 180 Skaters are often inspired by high couture worn by actors and singers. "What young skaters want is fashion," explained Yumi's business man- ager, Susan Doyle, to Boston Globe reporter Christopher Muther for his January 2014 Style section article titled, "The ice rink becomes the run- way for female figure skaters." Susan continued, "When they see pop cul- ture figures, such as shimmering Carey Mulligan in the film The Great Gatsby, they want to look as glamorous…We're watching what's happen- ing at the Oscars so we know the latest trends…This is their red carpet moment and they want to dazzle." In fact, one of Yumi's clients came to the workshop with a pic- ture of a coveted Versace dress for Yumi to use "For athletes to compete to the best of their abilities they can't worry about wardrobe malfunctions, be weighed down by heavy fabrics, or distracted by seams. Outfits must hold up when male skaters grab hold of their pair to launch them into the air." – Yu m i B a r n e t t - N a k a m u r a Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff New Yumi Couture offerings Off the rack selections are now available for purchase to satisfy demand for more economical outfits and last minute requests. By February, Yumi is typically booked for spring delivery of custom creations. Yumi also has her sight set on the ballroom dancing market, given the need for artistic and functional costumes.

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