29 Jun 2012

Olympics uniform 'a Great Gatsby moment'

9:39 am on 29 June 2012

The New Zealand Olympic uniform unveiled on Thursday has passed muster with both the athletes it's designed for and the fashion hierachy.

It features a black blazer and white piping, and is paired with grey trousers for the men and a white printed dress with a bow on the shoulder for the women.

Designed by Rodd and Gunn, the uniform is based on that worn at the 1948 London Olympics, updated for the 21st Century, and will be worn at the opening ceremony.

The uniform has gone down a treat with footballer James Musa. "It actually looks like my old school blazer ... but it's nice and light, comfortable to wear."

Hockey player Gemma Flynn added her voice of approval saying the costume has a a classic look. "I definitely think the men and the women look really good in it."

Chief designer at World, Francis Hooper, who was critical of the 2008 Beijing uniform says this time, it's a winner.

"The colour blocking is very simple and pared down. It's really a Great Gatsby moment."

He's not so sure about the training wear, however, which he calls boring.

Designer Trelise Cooper also approves of the formal uniform with its "vintage, retro feel."

The much-maligned plastic crocs of 2008 have has been replaced by jandals, a point not lost on the chef de mission, Dave Currie.

"I got hammered for crocs in Beijing. I have to say, they were the most comfortable shoes of any team."

Twenty thousand items of clothing have been produced and will be worn by up to 200 athletes and 100 support staff.