See All the Spandex That Stella McCartney Designed for the British Olympic Team

British athletes pose in the newly unveiled British Olympic Team GB kit designed by Stella McCartney during a photocall in central London on March 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: CARL COURT/2012 AFP

Stella McCartney tells the BBC that designing the uniforms for the British Olympic team “was like nothing I’ve ever worked on before.” Which goes without saying, since designer clothing usually isn’t even meant to be sweated on, let alone worn while doing somersaults or, say, a heptathlon. McCartney and Adidas unveiled some of the outfits, modeled by muscle-y looking athletes, in London this morning. Overall, the uniforms (or “kit”) will comprise about 175,000 items of clothing and 38 types of footwear for the nearly 500 Olympic and 350 Paralympic competitors. (That’s a lot of Spandex.) See some of the outfits in our slideshow.

See Stella McCartney’s British Olympic Uniforms