Although she was a singles figure skater throughout her successful career, Michelle Kwan did have one working partner on the ice – clothier Notara Wang. "I used so many skate boarding dresses designed by her, whole skate boarding shows and everything, inch Kwan, 32, tells PEOPLE. "I have a long relationship with her. inch Get more stories on your favorite celebrities by checking now. And that made selecting a bridal dress designer a fairly easy decision. For Kwan's Rhode Island wedding ceremony on Jan. 19 to Clay courts Pell, 31, Wang put plenty of consideration into her creation.
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"She is marrying someone whoever family has a political history, and Michelle is living and getting work done in Wa, D. C., inch the designer says. "[The dress] needed a certain dignity and a certain classicism, and I think it was a lot about a new way of looking at tradition. inch
So Wang created an cream color, strapless mermaid gown for Kwan, made with layers of man made fibre organza and featuring lace appliqué.
"The fact that it has an inordinate amount of handwork in terms of lace is really a gratitude to the art of hand-piecing lace, inch Wang says.
"There is a princess-slash-queenly level of complexity and quiet without sacrificing a lot of detail. inch
To fit the formal wedding dress, Kwan asked Wang what she thought of designing a second dress for the reception. "She said, 'Yeah, I got it, ha inch Kwan says. "She said, 'First dance, yes, and then you must turn into something else. ha inch
Her history with the skater was not lost on Wang. "I'm really very privileged and extremely thrilled that a, Michelle has found the love of her life and b, that we am the one to dress her for that wedding ceremony just as Used to do for world titles, national titles, and Olympics, inch she said. "It's just the ongoing tale in our friendship. inch
For more on Kwan's wedding, including photos and details from the ceremony, pick up a copy of next week's PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.