Rio Olympics: Designers suggest uniforms for our sportspersons

  • Ruchika Kher, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 13, 2016 12:18 IST
The Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. (Getty Images)

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21. While the world’s best sportspersons will come together at this sporting extravaganza, the opening ceremony also has many excited. To make an impressive entry at this grand function, several countries have even roped in designers to create the uniforms for their contingents. Great Britain has reportedly got Stella McCartney, and Ralph Lauren, meanwhile, is designing Team USA’s official parade uniforms.

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Back home, however, not much has been said about how the Indian contingent will be dressed. So, since there are less than 100 days left for the Summer Olympics to start, we decided to do our bit, and reached out to four top designers — Rocky S, Kunal Rawal, Varun Bahl and Arjun Saluja — to get them to design uniforms that, they believe, will make our contingent look the best. Here’s what they had to say about their designs:

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Designer Arjun Saluja has designed clothes that keep in mind the typical Indian silhouette and has deconstructed it in a way that makes it distinctively modern.

Zippers, pockets and cuffs give the uniforms a contemporary twist, says Arjun Saluja.

While representing India, nothing makes one more proud than wearing the colours of the national flag, says designer Kunal Rawal.

Designer Kunal Rawal smartly uses the colours of the national flag by making the border of the silhouette of the uniform in orange, white and green stripes.

Rocky S has designed the uniform taking inspiration from the Indian tricolour. However, he has kept the base colour beige, as it represents a sportsperson’s calm nature.

For designer Varun Bahl, the aim is to capture the perfect blend of tradition and modernity in his churidar with an achkan design for sportsmen.

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