From Somewhere Upcycles Speedo’s Olympic Swimsuits Into “Unity” Gown

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If there’s one event that makes you feel one with the world, it’s the Olympics. From Somewhere obviously caught the spirit. The British fashion label partnered with Speedo to create a “Unity” dress that combines the team colors of the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Spain, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, and Israel. Derived from offcuts of Speedo’s barracuda-inspired Fastskin3 swimsuits, the upcycled gown is only the latest in an ongoing collaboration between the two companies to combine the elegance of formalwear with the utility of sportswear.


Inspired by the oceans that connect the nations competing in the Summer Games, the dress “speaks about water, and water is life,” according to Orsola de Castro, who co-founded From Somewhere with Filippo Ricci in 1997. “It’s about the environment and preserving water, which should be a priority for all humankind,” she adds.

Inspired by the oceans that connect the nations competing in the Summer Games, the dress represents water as life.

But more than cobble together swatches of fabric, the From Somewhere team, together with University College Falmouth graduate Rebecca Jayne Taylor, wanted to preserve the source material’s water-worthiness. “We wanted to really concentrate on the idea of having a traditional evening gown that totally mimics sportswear design techniques,” de Castro says. “The sewing, finishes and details were constructed as if the dress would also have to withstand swimming, which presented an exciting challenge.”

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