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A Visual History of Olympic Uniforms

As the Tokyo Olympics draws closer, here's a look back at some of  Team USA's best uniforms in Olympics history.

In less than two months, the Tokyo Olympics will finally take place after last year’s postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While people around the world tune in to see their countries’ best athletes compete to take home the gold, at every ceremony and event, competitors will be outfitted in nation-specific designs created by a number of recognizable designers. In recent years, Ralph Lauren has been the primary mind behind Team USA’s Olympic apparel, however, past ceremonies have seen our country’s representatives clad in red, white, and blue garbs courtesy of two other notable names.

In celebration of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, recall some of the best moments in the US Team uniform in the past century.

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While America’s participation in the Olympics began well into the 19th century, designer uniforms didn't really emerge until 1976 when famed American fashion designer Halston—the subject of a recent Netflix miniseries—brought his celebrity style à la Studio 54 to the summer and winter Olympics (both events were held in the same year until 1992). Winter athletes attended the Opening Ceremony dressed in hooded navy jackets and khaki slacks while the summer games' attendees sported white zip-up jackets with navy trousers and chic neck scarves. Unfortunately, some were not thrilled with the look as Halston's sleek and understated approach highly diverted from the brazen patriotic uniforms of old. As a result, four years later, denim icon Levi Strauss & Co. took over the job.

In celebration of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, recall some of the best moments in the US Team uniform in the past century.

At the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. team members arrived in cowboy hats and tan shearling jackets inspired by the "Great Out West." While the U.S. did not attend that year's summer Olympics (the country boycotted the games due to political tension with the event's host country, Russia), the brand returned in 1984 with red, white, and blue jackets and baseball caps to capture the essence of American pride and sportsmanship.

Throughout the 1990s, several brands took on the role of designing the Team USA uniforms, however, in 2008, American fashion mogul Ralph Lauren partnered with the United States Olympic Committee, forging a longstanding relationship that continues to this day. Many of Lauren's designs have favored navy blazers and khaki trousers, winter iterations of the games have seen sporty puffer jackets and even a set of cardigans boasting the stars and stripes. During the 2016 games, the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team wore leotards embued with over 5,000 Swavorski crystals.

In celebration of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, recall some of the best moments in the US Team uniform in the past century.

Fonte: Lofficielusa

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