Beam me up Stratford: Olympic medal bearers will be men in Star-Trek outfits carrying flowers and wearing the sponsor's make-up
00:50 GMT, 2 June 2012
When dreaming up outfits for the Olympic medal bearers, they could have boldly gone where no fashion designer had gone before.
Instead, it appears, they have opted for a 1960s sci-fi look. To be more precise, the inspiration seems to have come directly from Star Trek.
For the purple suit with unusual white collar wouldn’t look out of place on the bridge of the starship Enterprise.
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parade: RCA graduates Thomas Crisp, Trine Hav Christensen, and Zara
Gorman designed the ceremonial outfits for the Olympic Games
And while Captain Kirk and his crew could rely on Mr Scott to beam them up in sticky situations, there will no escape from sartorial critics when the chaps in garish garb stride out with the medals and flowers in Stratford this summer.
As the Olympics ceremony outfits were unveiled yesterday – with purple also dominating the women’s designs – it was announced that the colour scheme is being extended beyond the uniforms.
All volunteers playing a role in the 805 victory ceremonies during the Games must wear a prescribed gold and purple make-up ‘look’, designed by Olympics sponsors Max Factor, or go bare-faced.
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This edict, apparently, applies to both male and female volunteers. Breaking with tradition, the bouquet and medal bearers will be exclusively male. At previous Games, this role usually went to women.
Instead, the female volunteers will escort the athletes and medal presenters on and off the field. The presenter escorts will wear a purple dress with a red sash and a hat, while the athlete escorts will be hat-less and sashless.
The uniforms were designed by Royal College of Art fashion students Thomas Crisp and Trine Hav Christensen, who were ‘inspired by Greek mythology as well as British heritage’.
The hat was created by milliner Zara Gorman, who said the shape was a nod to the lines of Olympic buildings such as the velodrome.
Other Olympic outfits have been controversial. Stella McCartney’s design for the athletes’ kit, supposedly based on the Union flag, was criticised for being too blue. The pink and purple uniforms for the Mayor of London’s Olympic ambassadors, who will guide tourists around the capital, also received poor reviews.
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