Then and Now: Olympic fashion

09 August 2016

Of hot pants, full-length gowns and petticoats.

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The Rio Games 2016 is well on its way with surprises including Kohei Uchimura of our 5 Olympians to watch leading the men’s Japanese team to gold in gymnastics.

As several media outlets round up the best uniforms at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, we take a visual stroll down memory lane to check out some of the subtle — and not so subtle changes in fashion at the Olympics.


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1908 London Olympics. | Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
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Rio 2016 Olympic Games | Photo: IOC


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Stockholm 1912

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London 2012 | Photo: IOC/John Huet


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Paris 1900
Rio 2016 | Photo: IOC


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Stockholm 1912
Frances Coralie Balmy olympics
London 2012 | Photo: IOC/John Huet

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Stockholm 1912

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London 2012 | Photo: IOC/John Huet


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Seoul 1988 | Photo: Allsport UK /Allsport

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London 2012 | Photo: IOC/John Huet


See also:

5 Asian Olympians in The Guardian’s to-watch list 

Ananda Everingham on travel, fitness and style

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