Blazer, woman's, Paralympic GamesForce Uniform, wool and polyester, designed by the Woolmark Company, made in Fiji circa 2000
This women's blazer was manufactured by the Woolmark Company as part of the business uniform for Games Force personnel at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. (Games Force was the accredited workforce for the Sydney 2000 Games.) It is one of the few elements of the uniform to be manufactured by a company other than Bonds. The blazer was teamed with taupe trousers or a taupe skirt, a business shirt and a scarf, and was worn by Games Service personnel, including senior managers and protocol advisers. The 2000 Paralympic Games logo, which echoes the Opera House and Paralympic torch, is embossed in gold thread on the breast pocket. This item contributes to the other items remaining from Games Force 2000.
Games Force 2000 was the accredited workforce for the Sydney 2000 Games, and provided the skilled and unskilled labour that supported operations for Olympic venues and events. Local clothing manufacturers, Bonds, Gloster, Davenport and the Woolmark Company collaborated to develop uniforms that would meet the diverse requirements of the GamesForce team.
Bonds designed its casual yet practical Games Force uniforms around the official motif, "Fluid Energy" (a wave-like pattern), and developed comparatively plain apparel for sports officials. In contrast, Davenport, Gloster and the Woolmark Company developed more formal items of clothing that included scarves, ties, business shirts and blazers. These identified official and administrative personnel within the Games Force team.
The Workforce Uniform Program distributed some 1.1 million items of clothing, including 200,000 polo shirts, 90,000 jackets, 158,000 pairs of trousers, and 142,000 pairs of socks. Clothing 80,000 GamesForce personnel, this was the largest uniform distribution program in Australian peacetime.
Designed by the Woolmark Company.
Made by the Woolmark Company for the Paralympics workforce uniform. Made in Fiji.
Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.