The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be about sports, but the opening ceremony produced several major fashion moments that made an impact on viewers.
The Summer Games officially started on Friday with more than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries coming together at the opening ceremony in Tokyo. The ceremony was unlike any in Olympics history, as the show was scaled back and virtually no spectators were permitted due to the pandemic.
Despite the changes, the opening ceremony produced several impressive moments, especially among the sartorial choices of the athletes and performers. Japanese singer Misia, for one, had a viral moment when she sang Japan’s national anthem dressed in a rainbow, cotton candy-like couture dress from designer Tomo Koizumi.
Many team uniforms also made an impact on viewers, both ones that resonated for their high-fashion quality and homage to various cultures and others that became fodder for memes.
Here, WWD looks at 11 of the standout fashion moments from the Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Read on for more.
1. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was one of the few world leaders who was able to attend the Tokyo Olympics opening