- Angela Gonzalez-Rodriguez |
The US Olympics Committee decided to up their – fashion – game a notch earlier this year when they announced that a heavy weight of the national fashion industry will be tasked to design the Team USA´s uniform for the Olympic Games in Rio.
It was back to London 2012 when Stella McCartney collaboration with Adidas ignited what today looks like a trend set to stay: big names behind many national Olympics teams. In the case of Stella, she has dressed British Olympic athletes for the past two editions of the Olympic Games.
This year will be the first time that a famous designer is tasked to do the same for US medallists to be: Ralph Lauren.
Available for the general public on the designer´s stores and online store, as well as in selected retailers such as Macy´s, the Rio Olympic Games collection includes items ranging from to the 695 dollars the wool blazer, which Ralph Lauren designed exclusively for Team USA to wear during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, is tagged at, to the 79.50 dollars stripped cotton t-shirt the Team USA members will sport at the Closing Ceremony.
Team USA´s Olympic uniforms: figures behind the scenes
FashionUnited reviews the figures behind the full equipment Ralph Lauren has created for the US Olympics team.
·292 sets of hands that helped craft the opening and closing ceremony uniforms
·138 steps needed to craft the opening and closing ceremony boat shoe
·More than 40 US partners have collaborated in the design and manufacture of the uniforms
·3 hours required to handcraft a single parade uniform bracelet
·331 are the years that, in total, American factories have been in operation
·Over 1,100 members of Team USA will be dressed for Rio 2016 by Polo Ralph Lauren
·4th generation working at the family-run factory of Rancourt & Company, the firm behind the boat shoes the US team will wear during the Opening Ceremony
·20 years of turning unwanted sails into bags come into play to create the Olympics 2016 duffel and tote bag
·93130596 the style number of the silk stripped belt the Team USa members will wear during the Closing Ceremony
Image:Team USA Collection, Polo Ralph Lauren Official Web