The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics’ award ceremonies uniforms were revealed online just before the new year, and Chinese Weibo users were not impressed, describing the attire as “unbearably ugly.”
During the medals ceremonies, the Beijing Olympics organizers said that staff will don three designs featuring “traditional Tang dynasty fabrics and other traditional Chinese cultural elements.”
The three different designs are called “Lucky Snow and Cloud,” “Great Landscape” and “Flying Snow in Tang dynasty.”
🎉💕We are excited to release our Victory Ceremony Costumes for #Beijing2022. 👚🧥There are three sets of clothing, which are “Lucky Snow and Cloud”, “Great Landscape” and “Flying Snow in Tang Dynasty”. Which one is your favourite? #VictoryCeremony #Costumes pic.twitter.com/FUALiOlQaI
— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) January 1, 2022
The designers used a technique seen in “gold-blue-green landscape paintings” to incorporate the colors sky blue and sunlight red. The costumes are complete with “traditional Chinese cross-collar right gussets and jackets with modern clothing.”
Each design comes with jackets, hats, gloves, boots and “self-heating thermal underwear.”
“The dress shows the Chinese charm with modern and simple techniques,” the committee wrote.
But Chinese social media users were less than impressed.
“Do you want to hear me tell the truth,” one commenter wrote with a sad face emoji, receiving the highest number of likes with 50,000.
“I haven’t seen such old-school designs on garments for years, even my mother wouldn’t dress like this,” another social media user commented.
This isn’t the first time China’s Olympic attire has been ridiculed online. During the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics, the Chinese delegation wore clothing with red and yellow patterns, reminding fans of “fried eggs with tomato.”
Images via Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics