I'm curious about the process of uniform design and selection for the Olympics, specifically the U.S. team (not opening ceremony uniforms), but tidbits from other countries are welcome as well.
While watching the Olympics I've noticed that all of the U.S. Olympic athletes have very different uniforms. Naturally, different sports require different cuts and materials but I would think that all uniforms for a country would have common elements, colors or "look" to them.
The bicycling uniforms
are the closest I've noticed to being similar across genders and events, and indoor volleyball mens
are similar apart from the shorts. I understand the purpose for a light and dark jersey option for team sports to differentiate from opponents.
Then when looking at beach volleyball the mens
are drastically different. I'm not referring to the size/amount of material, but the design elements like the plainness of the women's and the clownish mens uniforms. I'm curious why those diamonds were not used across all beach volleyball player uniforms, and even across all U.S. athlete uniforms (or the plainness, or stripes... or some common element). The BMX bikers have a giant eagle on their uniforms, an element I haven't seen on any others. Some swimmers and gymnasts wore pink uniforms at different points.
Are there multiple designs the athletes can request or choose between? Does the same group design all of a country's uniforms or does each sport have a committee to decide? How much of a choice does the athlete have? Does a company like Nike
design the look of the uniforms for some sports? Is there no common design process across Team USA?
Searching turns up a lot of comments on the opening ceremony uniforms Chinese production, and I found this article
commenting on foreign manufacture of the diving uniforms but I'm more curious about the design process and visual aspects of Team USA's uniforms than the overseas production issues.