New Zealand's Olympic team uniform has been unveiled for the London 2012 Games - officially.
Today Fairfax Media revealed an embarrassing online gaffe, which prematurely showed the Olympic uniform on the Rodd & Gunn website - hours ahead of an evening cocktail function in Auckland involving Prime Minister John Key.
The page, which featured New Zealand Olympic Committee chef de mission Dave Currie, was quickly taken down and a video interview with designer Irena Prikryl was also pulled in the afternoon.
Spokesperson for the NZOC, Ashley Abbott, said the page was viewed 17 times - while the web company who prepared the page had been testing it.
"I'm absolutely not concerned. It's a lucky coincidence for a proud Kiwi buying our supporters' gear," Abbott said.
Tonight the retro-look collection, which took 18 months to design and produce, was officially unveiled, inspired by the clothing worn by Kiwi athletes who attended the last London Olympiad in 1948.
Athletes past and present, including Mahe Drysdale and Sarah Ulmer, had a hand in designing both formal and casual items with the intention of recognising New Zealand's sporting past.
But unlike 64 years ago when just seven Kiwi athletes travelled to the Olympics by boat, this time around 200 New Zealand competitors will get to don the prestigious threads.
The most obvious reference to the 1948 acknowledgement is white piping along the edges of blazers.
The rest of the monochrome collection also shares a strong connection to the look and feel of the late 40's and early 1950's.
A total of 20,000 items have been created for the New Zealand Olympic team which will include up to 200 athletes and 100 support staff.
The goal of the design team was to create a look that would tie into New Zealand's proud sporting and cultural heritage, while also meeting the challenge of creating a collection suitable for athletes of all ages and body types.
For the first time the athlete uniform also features a t-shirt designed by a member of the New Zealand public.
A national contest of over 3500 submissions challenged entries to reflect what it mean to be a proud New Zealander at the Olympic Games.
The contest was won by Gareth Gardner of Brooklyn, Wellington, whose design features an Olympic adaptation of the iconic hei tiki.
The casual and training items also reflect inspiration from the 1948 team.
A flash of "Pacific blue" has been incorporated into a traditional monochrome colour scheme, with the range also including jandals, rainwear, travel bags, sports shoes and hats as well as the official podium tracksuit.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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