The Official Team Canada Olympic Fashion Gear has been unveiled to very mixed reviews and some controversy. Are they Hot or Not? Is it okay that they are being made in China? Check out the photos and video below and let us know what you think.
The Official Team Canada Olympic Fashion Gear was unveiled by the Hudson’s Bay Company in Toronto. the uniforms the Canadian athletes will wear in Beijing are red and white decorated with a combination of Canadian and Chinese symbols. The uniforms are made with an ultra-light material that resists heat to help the athletes stay cool. Its also odor resistant, which I’m sure is something the athletes will appreciate. The uniforms even include a gizmo that is designed to help the athletes with the infamous Beijing smog. It can be worn on the head, around the neck or over the face for protection. The fabrics used are ‘green’, meaning its eco-friendly. Its made with fabrics such as bamboo, cocona and organic cotton.
The number eight is incorporated throughout the fabric for luck.
“Eight is a lucky number for the Chinese people, and a lot of people don’t know that on the eighth day, of the eighth month, in the year 2008, on the eighth hour, in the eighth minute, maybe on the eighth second, the Games begin.”
The designers have taken great care to fuse Canadian and Chinese cultural symbols together for these uniforms and the replicas that are available for the public to purchase.
There has been a lot of discussion about the styles. Some say they look like pajamas. Others love them. Most say they are ‘busy’ and ‘loud’. I think they look like pajamas and are busy and loud. But that’s just me.
One thing I think we can all be sure of, you will be able to find the Canadian athletes in the crowd!
The real controversy over the uniforms is that making them has been out-sourced to China. Yes. Team Canada’s Olympic Uniforms will be made in China. Many of the people and politicians of Canada are not happy about that at all. Many are saying that its completely inappropriate to have official Canadian uniforms made in another country when there are perfectly good Canadian clothing manufactures. The designers think its ‘quite funny’ that the MPs are upset to discover the uniforms are being made abroad and goes on to list the every day items we use that are made in China. I think that’s not the point. The point is that these athletes are representing Canada to the world. Its a matter of national pride.
What do you think?