Top fashion designer Rajo Laurel has been chosen to design and create clothes for the Filipino delegation to the 2012 London Olympics.
Laurel announced the news on his blog at fashion site StyleBible.ph on Tuesday.
“I feel very grateful and honored to tell all of you that I will be designing and making the clothes for the opening ceremonies for the Philippine Team in the 2012 London Olympics! We have a 30-person contingent of both male and female athletes, coaches and delegates! I can’t tell you how big of an honor this is for me!” wrote Laurel.
The renowned fashion designer, whose work has been worn by prominent personalities such as American supermodel Tyra Banks, said he based his design on the national costume, with additional details.
“The embroidery will feature a modern ‘palay‘ inspired design with dark cobalt and blue threads symbolizing good fortune. The main accessory is a salakot, which I have gilded in gold leaf and hopefully will catch the light as they enter the Olympic arena.”
Laurel is no stranger to designing clothes for athletes. His clothing line Athletenique features sports-inspired outfits, which have been worn by Talk ‘N Text coach Chot Reyes on the PBA sidelines.