Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Presenter Escort and Athlete Escort Ceremonial Costumes.
A fashion design story

“My design concept focused on merging Greek mythology references with British heritage and London architecture.”

Trine Hav Christensen,
Designer

Tell us about the early design brief

LOCOG asked us to design ceremonial costumes that were fresh, original, easy to wear, and uniquely British. The brief called for exquisite attention to detail in key locations on the garment and for the costumes to be elegant whilst not overshadowing the athletes.

What inspired your design concept?

My design concept focused on merging Greek mythology references with British heritage and London architecture.

What challenges did you face along the way?

I was still studying at the Royal College of Art at the time, so one of the main challenges for me was tackling the design of the ceremonial costumes at the same time as finishing my MA final collection.

How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?

Being involved in designing the ceremonial costumes for London 2012 was a great honour. It gave me many valuable experiences and I found it particularly interesting to see the process and all the hard work that it took to create the overall visual identity in such an important British project.

Agency

Company name
Trine Hav Christensen

Project
Presenter Escort and Athlete Escort ceremonial costumes

Website
trinehavchristensen.com

Project team

Trine Hav Christensen
Costume designer

Thomas Crisp
Medal and Flower Bearer Ceremonial Costume Designer

Zara Gorman
Hat Designer for the Athlete Escorts

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