Beam me up Stratford: the futuristic ceremonial costumes to be worn by Olympic escorts and medal bearers (but only the men get to carry the medals)
14:52 GMT, 1 June 2012
Stella McCartney may have created the outfits for the British Olympic team but the costumes to be worn by our Olympic escorts and medal bearers are an entirely different matter.
The honour of designing these outfits has fallen to fashion students from London's prestigious Royal College of Arts.
However, although the escorts are to be female, it will only be the men who carry out the Olympic medals and trays of flowers.
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Fashion parade: RCA graduates Thomas Crisp, Trine Hav Christensen, and Zara Gorman designed the ceremonial outfits for the Olympic Games
This comes in contrast to the Beijing Olympics where such roles were carried out by women alone.
But would anyone of either sex really want to wear these outfits
The futuristic looking creations in
dramatic 'royal purple' have been created by recent RCA graduate Tom
Crisp and Trine Hav Christensen who showed his MA collection only this
The matching head-piece was created by Zara Gorman, who graduated from the RCA two years ago in 2010.
'It was really important to us,' said Olympics head of ceremonies, Niccy Hallifax, of the controversial decision to use hitherto unknowns. 'We're launching the next generation of designers.'
Crisp, responsible for the dapper men's suits said that he took inspiration from the famous gentlemen's tailors of London's Savile Row.
Christensen, on the other hand, gave her women's dresses an edgier spin, referencing punk with her zips and hardware.
Both designers, though, were also inspired by architecture past and present – from Ancient Greece where the games have their origin, to that of our own capital city.
Milliner, Zara Gorman took her style cue from the sleek lines of East London's Olympic Velodrome.
The female medal bearers will even wear complimentary make-up in shades of purple and gold.
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Olympic volunteers give their new outfits a trial run in front of the podium
The ceremonial costumes worn by mannequins for a studio photocall
The actual victory podia on which the winning athletes will accept their medals have also been designed by RCA students hailing from South Korea, China, France and the USA.
'We are a multi-cultural country and the RCA in particuloar draws people from all over the world. The creative industry is very strong in the UK,' continued Hallifax.
'It was very important to us that we were truly inclusive. It's about bringing the world to London. The designers reflect that.'
The one established designer, associated with the ceremonial creations is florist Jane Packer, who passed away last year. The Olympic bouquets have been created by the late designer's studio.
presenter escort, athlete escort and medal and flower bearer showcase the new costumes
On trend Zips are a major feature of the new ceremonial costumes
Two London 2012 gold medals on display at the British Museum
Flower power: Each medal winner at the London Olympics will be presented with a bouquet