Richard Hope and Nivanya Abraham two young and upcoming Trinidad and Tobago designers will be on show at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic  games .  Hope and Abraham collaborated to design the opening ceremony outfit that the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team will wear during the parade of nations .  The Olympic stadium in East London will be turned into a catwalk as athletes from various countries parade wearing designs and outfits done by some of the biggest names in the world of fashion.
T&T chef de mission, Annette Knott, explained that the national Olympic committee  traditionally opted  for  a classical blazer and pants ensemble.
" It is a tradition from which we never deviated. The Olympic games opening ceremony outfit was always red jacket and black pants or skirt with the national  tie and scarf .  I wanted the team to wear something different -a bit more contemporary in cut and look. "
According to Knott, a  TTOC vice president,  the design concept  that the T&T team will wear is based  on the fact  that when athletes win a medal they usually wrap themselves in their national flag.

"The  design  seeks to mirror the wrapping of a flag around the athlete. It incorporates the colours of our national flag. The contemporary cut accentuates the silhouette of the athlete- signifying elegance, athleticism, power and confidence . It is designed and made  in T&T.  the feedback from the athletes have been very positive" said Knott
Jamaica's  opening ceremony  outfits were designed  by Bob Marley's granddaughter   Cedella Marley, in collaboration with Puma and will feature the green, gold and black of the Jamaican flag.. Azerbaijan will wear  Ermanno Scervino-designed outfits , while  Italy's uniforms  were designed with input from Georgio Armani and Prada. Stella McCartney  designed Team GB's kit. Team USA will sport a  Ralph Lauren,design .The four athletes  from the tiny republic of San Marino  will wear  a Salvatore Ferragamo  creation .  Athletes from 205 countries will parade in the opening ceremony before a sold out crowd of 80,000 inside the olympic Stadium and an estimated worldwide television audience estimated to be in the billions.


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