Olympic Fashion Through the Ages

From team uniforms to runway styles, Olympic looks over the years have ranged from chic to silly. Check out some of the most memorable Olympic fashion.

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Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has been made by domestic craftsmen and manufacturers.
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This product image provided by Ralph Lauren shows a navy peacoat with a red stripe, part of the official gear of the U.S. Olympic team.
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This product image provided by Ralph Lauren shows turtleneck, part of the official gear of the U.S. Olympic team.
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This product image provided by Ralph Lauren shows a boot, part of the official gear of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team.
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Mariel Zagunis leads Team USA in their Ralph Lauren designs at the 2012 London Games. The Olympic duds created controversy after it was discovered they were made entirely in China.
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Jamaica's Puma suits were a fashion favorite of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
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Britain's already wearing the gold. Stella McCartney designed the hosting country's white track suits with golden accents for London 2012.
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Even though neither color's in their flag, Germany decided to separate the sexes with boys in blue and girls in pink.
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Belize took a perfect page from the past when it came to their look for the Parade of Nations.
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Their flowery dresses on Poland's athletes didn't translate well on camera during the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
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Belgium's athletes know how to dress. Stijin Helsen designed the classic Peter Pan collar outfits.
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Spain looked less like Olympic athletes and more like McDonald's executives in their mustard yellow suits at the Opening Ceremony of London 2012.
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Djibouti wins the gold for their fabulous use of accessories at the 2012 Opening Ceremony.
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London's known for its rainy weather, so the Czech Republic athletes came prepared. They paired their white shorts with the blue wellies for the Parade of Nations.
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Mexico wowed the crowd with their super colorful and very sparkly Opening Ceremony outfits.
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Sweden underwhelmed in their yellow and blue rugby shirts at the Olympics' Opening Ceremony.
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The women carrying the national signs wore dresses featuring the faces of various Olympic volunteers who assisted with the Games.
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Swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and soccer player Heather Mitts model the official Team USA's uniforms by Ralph Lauren. The Olympic designs created controversy after it was discovered they were made entirely in China.
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Although its too late to change the uniforms in time for London Games, Ralph Lauren's promised the tags for the 2014 Olympics will read "Made in USA."
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A model wears one of the new uniforms Mexican athletes will wear during the London 2012 Olympics Games. Olympic style over the years has ranged from slick to silly.
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A model walks the catwalk in the new tracksuits Mexican athletes will wear in London 2012.
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Chinese basketball team players Chen Nan, Miao Lijie, Liu Wei, Wang Shipeng, Yi Jianlian and Zhu Fangyu show off the Nike uniforms they will wear in London.
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Some of Brazil's best athletes show off the uniforms they'll wear for the 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by Nike, they'll be on display during the opening and closing ceremonies as well as on the podium.
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Nike's Turbospeed suit is the official apparel for the USA track & field team for the London Summer Olympics. Nike says the outfits could shave up to 0.023 seconds off 100m sprint times. Added bonus: They're green. The nylon for each speedsuit comes from 13 recycled water bottles.
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Speedo hopes their new "Fastskin3" swim suit shown here will see records tumble at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Even though neither color is in Germany's flag, that didn't stop Adidas from sorting the sexes, with women in pink and men in baby blue.
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Swimming stars such as Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington have already confirmed they will wear the new Speedos in competition in 2012.
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Australian Olympic team members Kynan Maley, Lauren Jackson and Adam Gibson, Libby Trickett, Naomi Flood, Sarah Tait and Murray Stewart, model the official Australian Olympic Opening Ceremony uniform.
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Stylish Dunlop Volley shoes are part of the Australian team's Olympic uniform in 2012.
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British gymnast Louis Smith models an outfit by British fashion designer Stella McCartney that will be worn by British athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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World renowned designer Stella McCartney, center, collaborated with Adidas on the British team's 2012 Olympic kits. McCartney says the outfits "combine style with performance." Here she poses with triple jumper Phillips Idowu and heptathlete Jessica Ennis.
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Models present the German Olympic team member fashion for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
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German Olympic team show off their new team kits for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Models pose on the catwalk during a fashion show of sports clothing for the Slovakia athletes attending the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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A model walks on a podium during the official presentation of Jamaican clothing for the 2012 Olympic games, designed by Bob Marley's fashion-designer daughter Cedella Marley.
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Olympic medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte models a Ralph Lauren Olympic uniform. Lauren's Closing Ceremony outfits are part of a long line of Olympic fashion.
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Now take a look back at Olympic fashion through the years. Swimmer Helen Norfolk of New Zealand models the 2008 team uniform.
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The 2010 Czech Olympic team outfits were unveiled in a choreographed fashion show, wherein models did more than just walk the runway wearing the upcoming Vancouver Winter Games garb – looks like they posed, too!
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Who said the '80s were over? With the multicolored ringed patterns, these Czech outfits could've been for the 1988 games. But no! This is a glimpse of the fine duds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
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Ralph Lauren was at it again: this is the U.S. Olympic team's 2010 Opening Ceremony outfit. The puffy jackets and slim pants provided a sporty base for more classic details like the knitted caps.
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In addition to the Team USA uniforms for both the 2010 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Lauren designed Olympic gear for fans as well, based on initial sketches that included sporty and classic details.
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Polo's Ralph Lauren was the official U.S. outfitter for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. Here, boxer Deontay Wilder and sprinter/long jumper Brianna Glenn of the U.S. team model the Ralph Lauren-designed "village wear."
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Models wearing Beijing-themed fashion in anticipation of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games walked the runway during China Fashion Week in 2005. Three years out and they were already getting Olympics crazy!
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The Chinese team's fashion was so thought-out, they even had official makeup and hairstyles for the victory ceremonies. Here, a hairstylist incorporates the Olympic rings on a model in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games.
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Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho, gold medal winner of the men's 50m swimming freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games, displayed a rather unique furry creation by hair stylist Carlos Carrasco during the Hair Fashion Show in Sao Paulo.
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He didn't design the jacket, but Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani looks excited to be sporting official Torino wear as he carries a torch along with soccer player Andriy Shevchenko in 2006.
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U.S. defending Olympic singles tennis champion Venus Williams looked appropriately sheepish as she unveiled her fashion design: a hat she created for McDonald's employees to wear while serving food during the 2004 Olympic Summer Games. Tennis star, yes. Budding fashion designer? You decide.
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Inspired by the upcoming 2004 Greece Olympic Summer Games, this outfit was part of a collection for the "Sport and Mode" catwalk show unveiled in Rome. But we're not entirely sure that sewing the Olympic rings onto a flouncy coat qualifies as inspired.
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Italian Olympic medalist Massimiliano Rosolino wasn't afraid to show off his bod wearing bathing trunks with Olympic rings during the Biagiotti's men's fashion show in 2004.
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During the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, models presented designs by Italian designers Valentino, Versace, and Dolce and Gabbana as a tribute to Torino, Italy, the site of the following Winter Olympic Games in 2006.
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In 2000, models paraded down the runway in Speedo's Fastskin swimsuits at a show in Sydney's Darling Harbour before the start of the Summer Olympic Games. Since most of us don't need a split-second advantage, they included some cuter, less function-oriented swimsuits as well.
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Renowned wedding gown stylist Vera Wang designed 1992 Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan's dress (pictured), as well as a second skating dress for Kerrigan in 1994.
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The 1980's certainly had some glorious design moments. Here, American gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar celebrate their 1984 victories in classic '80s styling: bold stripes, Members Only-styled jackets, and colorful crests.
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Everyone gets a fancy outfit for the Olympics, even airline hostesses! Greek designer Yannis Tseklenis designed this look especially for Olympians of the sky with colorful interlocking rings to celebrate the games. Can you guess the era? (Answer: This photo was taken in 1971.)
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Leave it to the French to design a uniform fit for the jet set. Jacques Esterel, known for whimsical couture collections, designed the look for French athletes competing in the 1964 Olympic Summer Games (Valise not included).
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In 1960, hats were all the rage. The U.S. team sported matching striped ties and straw hats during the Opening Ceremony of the Rome Olympic Games.
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What say there, Phinneas? You've got to admit, the official uniforms for U.S. athletes (from left: basketball, track, yachting and boxing) at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Summer Games were pretty cool.
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The 1924 Olympic Summer Games were held in Paris and these lovely ladies donned the Olympic Gown at the race course at Longchamp. Don't laugh ... it was the style!
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Californian champion Florence Chambers poses in her swimming costume, she was fourth in the 1924 100 metre backstroke Olympic final in Paris.
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Women competitors in the National Round (60 yards - 50 yards) Archery event of the 1908 London Olympics of 1908.
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An unidentified Danish gymnast in action at the 1908 London Olympics.
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U.S. Olympic basketball players LeBron James, Deron Williams, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant display the uniforms provided by Nike they will wore at the Beijing Olympics.
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Jessica Ennis, part of Great Britain's track and field team, poses with Great Britain's Olympic Kit. Great Britain's uniforms were designed by Stella McCartney, who plans on releasing a children's line based on the uniforms.
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Sally Pearson of Australia poses with the country's competitor kit for the London Games.
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