The tops of those worn by the duo of Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi have been painted in the style of traditional masks worn by performers in Peking opera, the centuries old Chinese opera that combines dance, acrobatics, mime and music with vocal performances. One of the helmets depicts ancient Chinese heroine Mu Guiying and the other is of the legendary female warrior Hua Mulan.
It was also our first glimpse of the competing nations’ uniforms – and we observed with interest the diversity and national identity that the varying teams’ kits displayed. From the vibrant prints of Cameroon to the sophisticated ensembles of the USA and Australia, the quantity of uniform on display was enough to keep us going for months.
And, while fashion designers creating sports uniforms is no new concept – major players like Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney have become as synonymous with sport as they have with their own labels – we thought we’d create some fantasy uniforms. We offer our take on what other fashion designers could do to revolutionise their home nations’ kits. Here’s what we dreamed of…
Imagine Elia Viviani winning gold while rocking Versace…talk about gold!