TOKYO OLYMPICS 202X: WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

United States Gymnastics has undergone a complex transformation since the last Summer Olympics. The 202X Team will not only represent the sheer power of American sports but will also introduce the next generation of athletes to a sport that has started down a road of repair. My goal with this short project was to design a set of uniforms that recall the strength of the women who demanded reform and justice, that mourns the loss of childhood and calls on femininity to be the face of their courage.

DESIGNED FOR THE STRONGEST WOMEN IN SPORTS HISTORY

This practice leotard, competition leotard, and podium kit have been designed to serve as a platform for the athlete's voice and talent. 202X will be the year of understatement in Olympic uniform to remind the world of the emotional and mental strength of the gymnasts that demanded change. The gymnasts leotards connect to sensors that record their motion during competition, creating unique paintings that are auctioned to support the athlete's chosen organization.

INSPIRATION
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1. Women's Suffrage Movement

2. Aly Raisman for ESPN 2015

3. The Motion Bank Movement Capture

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT - LEOTARDS

Inspired by Women's Suffragette Fashion, I explored ways to incorporate sashes into the seam lines and material breaks of the leotards. These leotards should remain quite simple as they are serving as a global statement from US Gymnasts on the rebirth of this sport.

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CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT - PODIUM KITS

Traditionally, Warm Up Suits/Podium Kits are oversized, unflattering, and rarely designed for the smaller and more muscular stature of our gymnasts. In this redesign, I pulled in some Tokyo and Americana athleisure influences to make sure our athletes are the most fashionable at the awards ceremony.

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TEAM KIT
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PRACTICE LEOTARD

PODIUM KIT

OPENING COMPETITION LEOTARD

APPAREL FLATS
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Fine Gauge Mesh with Stretch

Recycled Nylon/Elastane Blend

Recycled Nylon/Elastane Blend

Fine Gauge Mesh with Stretch

Embroidered Team USA emblem with sensors

Embroidered Team USA emblem with sensors

Absorbant Panty-Liner

Absorbant Panty-Liner

Internal Elastic with Good Modulus

Internal Elastic with Good Modulus

Embroidered RWB Flag

OPENING COMPETITION LEOTARD

PRACTICE LEOTARD

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Embroidered USAG Patch Right Chest

Embroidered RWB Flag Collar to Yoke

High Standing Collar

Embroidered RWB Flag Waistband

Fine Gauge Mesh with Stretch

Shapewear/Leotard Liner

Embroidered Team USA emblem

4" Gathered Elastic Waistband

#3 Vislon Zipper CF

280 g Merino Wool

PODIUM JACKET

PODIUM SKIRT

ARTWORK

In GravitySketch, I modeled a potential artistic path of an Olympic uneven bar routine. This path represents not just the moment in time of a near perfect bar routine, but the infinite hours of practice, the sacrifices, and the blood, sweat, and tears leading to this moment. To capture an Olympic routine in real-time is to capture a moment of history in real-time.

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The paintings to your right are modeled off a selected portion of the athletes routine captured above. By equipping the leotard with sensors, the gymnast becomes the artist, the athlete, and the advocate all in a 45 second routine. For the athletes that find it difficult to use their voice, this allows a new outlet to speak out.

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TOKYO 202X OLYMPIC KIT
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