Our biggest success to date!
With the 2018 World Parachuting Championships now done and dusted, Manufactory Apparel would like to give you an up-close, first-hand look into Australia’s National Skydiving Team uniforms. Unofficially unveiled to the athletes during their national training seminars earlier in 2018, these outfits were modelled during training and competition each day, all meetings and functions, the NZA Tent (of course) and Sun Path VIP Bar in the evenings. As well as the highly anticipated opening ceremony on the Gold Coast Beach at the end of Cavill Avenue.
It’s a very unique uniform to date for not only the Australian team, but to the skydiving industry itself. Performance wear is essential for athletes in action, however, we still wanted to make sure that the Aussie team presented formal on the ground. For this reason, Manufactory Apparel designed the National Team Uniform using breathable and durable performance fabrics, shaped to be functional and fashionable. Our focus with our uniform colours was to create a Spring-toned collection.
We used the nation’s famous flag color navy, the dusty khaki of the outback and our beloved ‘green and gold’ with a twist.
Inspired by the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games’, we created a savvy teal green accompanied by luxurious gold, suitably designed for moderate climates and casual wearing outside of competition. Australian Parachute Federation CEO Brad Turner joined Rob Libeau and Manufactory Apparel to work closely on the uniforms in hopes that all competitive Aussie Skydivers would be full of pride wearing the national colours during the event. Alongside striving to inspire a new age of competitive skydivers in this fast generation of competition.The modern teal color of the ¼ neck zipper outer layer was contrasted with gold embroideries of the Australian Flag and crest. Then paired with the bold navy of the nation’s flag in the underlayer technical T-shirt. Strong upper body colors were paired with the khaki 4-way stretch outdoor pant, the very same pant that Manufactory Apparel helped to create with the APF in 2015 and again in 2016 It has proven to be a style that’s been very popular among prior athletes.
While there’s been some opinion as to the ‘official color of the green’ of these uniforms, there’s no denying they’ve been made a trademark of what has come to be expected of Manufactory Apparel. All styles were designed by previous representative of Australia in the 2016 World Meet, Robert Delaney, with competitors in mind for function and comfort. Manufactory Apparel believe strongly, that team apparel influences behaviour, especially in the athletes wearing them. Ultimately, the Australian National Skydiving team performed their personal best in the nations competitive history, taking home gold, silver and bronze medals.
It’s undeniable that a historic uniform as proven to be a historic win for Australian Skydiving.
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Robert Delaney is the creative director and co-owner of Manufactory Apparel. His career in fashion and graphic design has spanned more than 15 years, working for industry-leading apparel companies in sports, street and luxury fashion. No stranger to the sky, Rob has worked as a Camera flyer, LO and coach, and has represented Australia as a competitive skydiver in 2016