TEAM SPIRIT: Tokyo has set its sights on hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics — with a little help from the fashion community. At the Beijing Games, the Tokyo bid committee devoted a small corner of its showroom to fashion.
The display featured three mannequins clad in monochromatic Issey Miyake dresses from the designer’s A-Poc collection in the Olympic hues of green, yellow and red. The dresses were cut from specially designed tubes of double-layered knit fabric, which were stretched into geometric backdrops for the garments. “[Miyake] is very excited about the possibility of having the Olympics in Tokyo,” said Robert Magyar, vice president of Weber Shandwick, which is representing Tokyo’s bid. “He actually started sponsoring the bid on his own and is trying to gather friends and other famous people in favor of it.” Miyake also designed exclusive Pleats Please scarves and neckties for members of the bid committee in red, green and blue. The International Olympic Committee will select the final host city at its meeting in Copenhagen next year. The three other contenders are Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.