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The uniforms for the opening ceremony of Paris 2024 have been presented. This is how the look of the Australian team has evolved

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A group of Olympic athletes posing alongside the Bondi Icebergs in new mint green striped blazers, white shorts and scarves.

Combining period fashion, functionality and elements of national pride, Australia’s Olympic Games opening ceremony uniforms capture moments in time.

Each time, the presentation of the suits becomes a spectacle in itself, with sports and fashion fans eagerly waiting to see what their country’s best athletes will wear when they enter the main arena.

The Australian team kit for the Paris 2024 Games was unveiled this morning in Clovelly, Sydney.

The competition uniforms were revealed earlier this year.

The emphasis on fashion will be greater than ever this year as Olympic athletes head to the fashion capital of the world.

“With a global television audience of more than one billion people watching the Opening Ceremony, the Australian team will wear a uniform inspired by the unmistakable essence of Paris, with fashion at the forefront,” read a statement.

It’s the 10th time Australian brand Sportscraft has designed the kits, and Dunlop Volleys return as official footwear.

Without a doubt, as in previous years, the uniforms will generate mixed opinions.

These are some of the most memorable outfits from the last few decades.

Striped power-dressing in Rio

The 2016 kit was made from a lighter fabric to accommodate the warmer climate of the host city, Rio.

The Olympic Committee at the time described the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony attire as reflecting “Australian heritage and lifestyle” that were appropriate for the climate and “festive spirit of the host city.” river”.

Mint striped seersucker cotton blazers were the main feature of the outfit, which included a unique lining on the inside of the jacket with each athlete’s name.

It was a lighter and fresher update, giving off nautical and preppy vibes with white pants and boat shoes to finish off the look.

It received mixed reviews at the time, with fashion publication GQ writing that the outfit was similar to what a “standard yacht crew” might wear.

Corporate dress code in Beijing

A group of people in a gray suit and blue tie.

The 2008 Opening Ceremony uniform seems more appropriate for a corporate setting than a major sports stadium. (AAP: Dean Lewins)

While Australia’s opening ceremony uniforms have consistently featured shades of green and gold in recent games, that hasn’t always been the case.

In 2008, the opening ceremony uniform was a navy blue suit with blue ties for male athletes and blue neckerchiefs for female athletes.

The black peep-toe heels and tight pencil skirts were from the early 2000s.

A close-up of a woman's feet wearing navy blue pep toe heels.

Olympic athletes were not always able to wear comfortable sneakers at the opening ceremony. (AAP: Dean Lewins)

The set, once again designed by Sportscraft, even included a small metallic silver athlete bag.

Celebrating flora and fauna in Los Angeles

Four people walking towards the opening ceremony stage wearing yellow animal dresses and holding Australian flags.

The designers said they had to meet the challenges of a summer in Los Angeles. (ABC File)

One of Australia’s most kitsch uniforms was the yellow Australian animal blouse and skirt worn at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Australian fashion designer Prue Acton devised the outfit which consisted of a feathered Akubra hat, skirt, top, belt, necklace and shoes.

The top showed a mother and baby koala in a tree, and the skirt showed a kangaroo in an Australian landscape.

The male uniform was a bright yellow jacket with beige chinos and a white shirt also topped with an Akubra.

It really doesn’t get any more Australian than that.

Sport in Athens

Three male athletes sitting on steps wearing gray pants and green jackets with white outlines.

Members of the rowing team and brothers James, Stephen and Geoffrey Stewart in the uniform worn in Athens in 2004.(AAP: Dean Lewins, file photo)

In 2004, the designers of Australia’s opening ceremony uniform took a more relaxed and sporty approach.

The uniform was also more unisex, with both men and women wearing gray pants, white shirts, and green star-print bomber jackets.

Bright flowers in Barcelona

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The Australian Olympic team enters the Montjuic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 1992 Games.(Getty Images: David Madison)

The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona featured one of Australia’s most extravagant opening ceremony looks.

The men and women on the team each wore a variation of a short-sleeved T-shirt featuring red, blue, yellow and white Australian wildflowers.

In a style very popular at the time, women wore green skorts and sandals, while men wore dark green tailored shorts with brown shoes and long socks.

The look was completed with a wide-brimmed straw hat.

Geometric green and gold for Tokyo

Australian athletes pose on stage during the uniform launch of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Australia.

The outfits for Tokyo 2020 were inspired by the vibrant colors of the host city. (Getty Images: Matt King)

With Tokyo’s summer humidity in mind, designer Sportscraft’s main goal for the 2020 opening ceremony was to ensure athletes were comfortable.

The design was inspired by the “electric lights, vibrant colors and bustling atmosphere synonymous with Tokyo.”

The angles used in the designs were inspired by the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection in Japan, along with elements of the Southern Cross.

‘Youthful’ style in Sydney

The Australian Olympic team walks during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The Australian team during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.(All sport: Clive Brunskill )

When designing the Australian Olympic team’s uniform for the Sydney 2000 opening ceremony, Woolmark Company and Mambo were inspired by the landscape and culture of Australia.

As the average age of the Australian Olympic team was 22, the designers wanted to ensure the look was youthful.

The result was a short ocher jacket, a short-sleeved yellow checkered shirt and a green skirt or pants.

The uniform was modified for the closing ceremony to include a Mambo t-shirt with the Suburbia design, by Lachlan Barbard.

Green blazers in London

Australian Olympic team opening ceremony uniform.

Members of the Australian Olympic team model the opening ceremony uniform in Sydney. From left to right: Adam Gibson, Naomi Flood, Murray Stewart, Libby Trickett, Kynan Maley, Sarah Tait and Lauren Jackson.(AAP: James Morgan)

Blazers with the Australian crest were a fixture on opening ceremony uniforms during the 2010s.

In London in 2012, Australians wore a jacket over a white shirt and tailored white shorts or trousers.

The jacket was green cotton with navy and gold details, lined with fabric that listed previous gold medalists.

2012 was also the first year that the Olympic team announced the uniforms before the ceremony took place.

“We first announced the uniforms to them before the opening ceremony,” Olympic rower Nick Green said at the time.

“It’s historic. We know London will be historic. I think today is a big historic event.

The look was completed with a pair of white Dunlop Volleys.

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