For Rio 2016, French luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin teamed up with former athlete and founder of Sporty Henri, Henri Tai, to dress the delegation of her 100 Cuban elite athletes.
The pair worked closely with the athletes for a custom fit as well as acquired their feedback to help produce tailor-made designs that are equally stylish and practical. With Tai’s innovative touches and Louboutin’s signature flair, the garments were indeed incredible creations and will no doubt make Cuba’s national team look sophisticated at the Closing Ceremony.
"At the Olympics, it feels like these athletes put on performance gear and simultaneously turn into these superheroes that defy gravity, that defy time, that defy all rules of physics. We designed the celebratory outfit for the moment they turn back into humans, still in that glory moment, still in their light but heading back to the real world. We really want them to continue feeling amazing in their skin while looking astonishing.” - Christian Louboutin
To see the Gala looks in action, tune into the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games on August 21, 2016.
All images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.