• 30-JUL-2015

adidas to create new team GB Kit for Rio 2016 with Stella Mccartney back as Creative Director

Three years since the huge success of Team GB in London adidas today revealed their plans for Rio 2016 by announcing Stella McCartney as the Creative Director for the adidas Team GB official kit.

The iconic British designer will reprise her role from 2012 and will implement her design aesthetic into the official team kit as well as ranges of supporter's apparel. To allow Team GB athletes at the Olympic Games and Paralympics GB athletes at the Paralympic Games to be at their very best adidas will also implement their innovative performance technology into the official team kit.

Building on the momentum from 2012, where the adidas Team GB replica kits sold out all over the country and became the most successful Olympic range ever, the range for Rio will be a brand new design and is set to be unveiled in April 2016. It will also include cutting edge yet to be launched adidas innovations that will help athletes on the world's biggest sporting stage.With just over one year to go until the XXXI Olympic Games and the XV Paralympic Games sports brand adidas also revealed an insight into the design process with a selection of stills and a short piece of video content that showcases the unique collaboration with the designer.

The kit design process began 18 months ago with Stella McCartney commissioned in April 2014. The official team kit and supporter's ranges have since been through months of testing and feedback which will continue up until the end of 2015. adidas athletes engaged to help in this process have included Olympic Games gold medalists Jessica Ennis-Hill and Laura Trott, Triathlete world beaters Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Tom Daley, British National Road Race Champion Lizzie Armistead, Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose, and star gymnast Max Whitlock.

Barry Moore, adidas UK Brand Director, said: "Three years ago we set the benchmark. Today we take the first step on our mission to create a new one. Bringing together our innovative sports technology with the designs from Stella McCartney will allow our athletes to perform better than ever before."

Stella McCartney said; "''I am thrilled to be back with adidas as Creative Director for Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. It is a great honour to work with our great athletes again to make them proud with the designs we are creating for them.''

Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill said; "It is fantastic that Stella McCartney is back working with adidas as the Creative Director for the Team GB Rio 2016 kit. The kit in London 2012 was so iconic and was part of so many special memories for me personally. I am looking forward to seeing the new designs made up and hopefully I will get to wear them and be part of another incredible Olympics in 2016."

Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer of the British Olympic Association, said; ""At the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB was instantly recognisable to fans thanks to Stella McCartney. We are therefore thrilled to have Stella back on board as the Creative Director for the Team GB adidas competition and village wear at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We can't wait for fans to see our latest unique look when fashion meets sport created by Stella."