SCOTLAND’S Commonwealth Games outfit has certainly raised a few eyebrows - but how does it compare with uniforms of old?
The 1998 uniform as our picture shows was not exactly conservative. We don’t have the benefit of colour to closely scrutinise the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games uniform but Sue Boughton and David Ramsay certainly looked happy enough when snapped at the time in the run-up to the Games. The least said about the 1962 effort, the better.
This year’s parade uniform which will be worn by Scotland’s Commonwealth Games athletes was unveiled at a special event in Stirling yesterday.
It has been designed by textile designer and artist Jilli Blackwood, and combines a turquoise, fuchsia, navy blue and caramel tartan with a blue shirt for the men, and a flowing wrap-around dress for the women, inspired by the Saltire flag.
“My brief from Team Scotland was to come up with a parade uniform that was high on impact and made a real statement, but also had a contemporary feel,” Ms Blackwood said.
“There will be no mistaking that this is the Scottish team as they proudly step out at the opening ceremony.”
The distinctive Team Scotland tartan was created by Ms Blackwood and produced by House of Edgar at the Isle Mill in Keith, Aberdeenshire.
A shawl-like wrap and a stone-coloured leather bag complete the women’s uniform.
Commonwealth Games Scotland chief executive and Team Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig said: “We wanted a parade uniform that had a bold and confident look, but which still retained the iconic Scottish elements of the kilt and unique Games tartan.
“Jilli has delivered everything we hoped for and the response from the athletes, who played a key role in its development, has been great. And with each of the elements designed and made by specialist companies in Scotland, we are already on to a winner.”