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Designers and Sportswear (Activewear)
Pretty self-explanatory, a place to discuss designers and sports collaborations -- past and present. Not "sportswear" in the fashion sense, but rather designs created specifically for sporting and athletic pursuits

Missoni Olympic Track Uniforms 1948


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Ballet Russes in Chanel Costumes 1928



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The unveiling of her Stella McCartney X Adidas 2012 - Great Britain Team Uniform.


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The Hungarian Olympic Committee picked designers Noémi Csergő and Kinga Mohari to design the uniforms that Hungarian athletes will wear at the 2011 London Olympics; the uniform combines classic style with “Kalotaszegi” folk motifs.



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Stella McCartney designed costumes for New York City Ballet's 2011 "Ocean's Kingdom" Ballet


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Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel - National Ballets 'Swan Lake'


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Charlotte Casiraghi in Custom Made Equestrian attire by Frida Giannini/Gucci

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Chanel's synchronized swimmers at Chanel Resort 2009




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Fashion in Motion in collaboration with Lane Crawford in 2008

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Lane Crawford enlists designers to take on the Beijing 2008 games

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Thanks to Lane Crawford, designers are channelling their inner athletes this summer. For The Collective: Synergy in Fashion, the Hong Kong-based retailer invited 12 of the world's leading minds to create a one-of-a-kind garment showcasing their take on an Olympic event. Naturally, the initiative celebrates the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Participating designers include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Burberry Prorsum, Costume National, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela, Neil Barrett, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent. All were given carte blanche to let their imaginations (and designs) run wild.
The looks will be displayed at numerous events throughout the Olympic season in Beijing this summer. After an unveiling at "Fashion In Motion," a collaboration of today's visionary forces in fashion, art, photography, videography and design at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the collection will be displayed at Lane Crawford Beijing during July and August. Later, they will be auctioned, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting UNICEF's Driving Dreams project.
The designers concocted a bevy of unique takes on their respective sports. At YSL, Stefano Pilati's fantastic running look features a soft vanilla silk jersey gown with printed winged sleeves and hand-painted edges paired with a beaded Olympic emblem chain belt. "In this, you find a fantasy inspired by the experience of a true athlete, her heroic journey through space and time," said Pilati, who was inspired by Icarus. "Almost in defiance of nature, almost in flight."
Ferretti's gymnastics look is a delicate dove grey chiffon dress with elaborate embroideries and subtle voile. For his fencing look, McQueen created a piece that is fully embroidered in India using silk and cotton threads and mirrors. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey translated his sailing look with a dark nickel mink-lined waterproof parka jacket with hood and signature trench coat.
At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci created an archery look via a black leather coat with golden arrow detail, a multi-colored laced-up leather bustier, black leather and jersey Bermuda shorts. "The look is inspired by Diana the Goddess of the Hunt," said Tisci. "She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, distinct beauty and hunting skills." Also challenging fashion norms is Margiela, whose badminton-inspired outfit is an abstract series of shuttlecocks, assembled to create a backless top. Also choosing equestrian, McCartney designed an oversized shirt and classic breeches. "I wanted to do equestrian because there is always this stereotype of what one wears when one is horse riding," said the designer. "I thought it was a nice area to have a bit of fun and try to change that perception slightly, but still keep the history of horse riding in that. And obviously, I have grown up on horses my whole life."
For a whimsical take on a table tennis look, Lim created a two-piece dress in the form of a knitted, tiered ensemble. The shade of pink chosen is inspired by peonies, a popular flower of Asia, with red trimming to coincide with the cultural color of China. "My inspiration was simply to recognize and celebrate the often forgotten elegance of the sport of Ping-Pong," said Lim. "I wanted to create a concept of dress that will ask: how much more inspiring the sport of Ping-Pong can be with such dressing options."
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1. Pucci (Gymnastics), 2. Stella McCartney (Equestrian), 3. YSL (Track & Field), 4. Archery (Givenchy), 5. Fencing (Alexander McQueen)

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Hermés is based around its heritage of Equestrian attire and accessories such as Riding Boots and Horse Saddles... collections are regularly based around those house aesthetics.

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If you like your culture with a fashionable twist, April's your month: the fashion designer Gareth Pugh has turned costume designer for a new Wayne McGregor ballet scored by Mark Ronson that premieres tomorrow at the Royal Opera House. This slightly alarming image - how on earth is he going to dance in that? - is the first glimpse of the 31 year-old's contribution to the production, named Carbon Life . Pugh's oeuvre has always been outré - inflatable dresses and rat-festooned coats - so he was never going to be content churning out froufrou tutus. Which is why McGregor chose him.

"Wayne's […] only thing was to say that he never works with point shoes and tutus. He really wanted to see what my version of those things would be." Carbon Life , says Pugh, follows the company "from the naivety of when they're born, through their relationships, to what they become. I wanted [to convey] that in the costumes, so everybody starts naked, then evolves."



He adds: "The point shoe may look restrictive, but it's made in such a way the foot can do everything that it needs to do." Pugh used to dance himself, so speaks with some authority. Apparently, the pirouetting dancers "haven't had any problems" with the outfits. Which isn't to say the audience won't if those sharp-edged boots go flying.
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^That's very impressive

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I know we've posted pieces on Ballet, but I got into a very, very heated discussion with one of my old tutors regarding whether ballet was infact a sport or an art form, she seemed to think it was an art form, I said it was a sport...

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I know we've posted pieces on Ballet, but I got into a very, very heated discussion with one of my old tutors regarding whether ballet was infact a sport or an art form, she seemed to think it was an art form, I said it was a sport...
Why the need to put in a box? When it's so obviously both.

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I know, right ? but it prevented so many people from using that as their specific sport purely because of their prospective over what they considered it to be.

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Armani has enlisted a selection of athletes to models its new EA7 collection, which is set to be worn by the Italian national team at London 2012


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Prada will sponsor the Italian national sailing team at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Italian label will supply the athlete's uniforms, as well as the uniforms for the team's technical staff, and its logo will appear on the hulls and sails of all competing boats and team support vessels.

This isn't the first time Prada has been involved with the sport, previously sponsoring four America's Cup campaigns, and several international competitions - and past experiences have equipped the brand with specific knowledge of racing apparel, after years of in-depth research into materials, manufacturing techniques and fittings.
"Olympic classes are an irreplaceable step to allow a sailor's talent to bloom," Prada ceo Patrizio Bertelli said. "However, the high potential - in terms of communication as well - of Olympic sailing is too often neglected, or underestimated. For a brand like Prada, which is so closely connected to the top level of this sport, it thus comes naturally to encourage and support those sailors who may play a key role in other challenges in the future."

"We are extremely proud to have Prada as a sponsor," Carlo Croce, the president of the Italian Sailing Federation, said. "The Prada brand is not just a flagship of Italy worldwide, but it has always been very closely connected to our sport and has nearly become synonymous with major sailing challenges. Hence, this agreement reaches beyond a classic sponsorship arrangement, to become a full-fledged partnership. Patrizio Bertelli is an excellent sailor, very competent in all fields, and his advice will be extremely valuable for us.
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