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Designer of Team Scotland's Glasgow 2014 uniform: I'd have got it wrong if everyone liked it

The designer of the uniform to be worn by Scottish athletes at the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony believes she would have "got it wrong" if everyone liked it.

The clothing has split opinion, with athletes and organisers said to have given a "favourable reaction" but many people continue to ridicule the outfits on social media.

Team Scotland describes the male uniform as a "turquoise, fuchsia, navy blue and caramel" tartan kilt with a blue shirt, while the women will wear a "flowing wrap-around dress", said to be inspired by the Saltire flag.

A shawl-like wrap and a stone-coloured leather bag complete the women's uniform.

Textile designer and artist Jilli Blackwood created the outfits, and she insists she "didn't expect everyone to like them".

Comments on Twitter compare the outfits to "a pair of curtains" or "something a 70s dance troupe would wear". Some people did voice their support for the designs but the majority of the reaction poked fun at them.

Blackwood said: "Everyone's allowed their own opinion and I didn't expect everyone to like them.

"This has been a long process and has been talked about. The athletes have been included all the way along. The brief said they wanted a 'high-impact statement'.

"I understand that this is a celebration; this is a parade uniform and this is when you do turn up the volume and it's to work at a mass group."

The designer said the uniforms have been fully created in Scotland and that the colours were picked as they will show up well on television during the opening ceremony.

Responding to the criticism of the outfits, she said: "If you think of anyone in art and design it is always controversial, take Damien Hirst for example.

"If everyone had said 'how lovely', I think I'd have got that wrong."

Speaking yesterday at the launch of the uniform, Team Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig said: ''Jilli has delivered everything we hoped for and the response from the athletes, who played a key role in its development, has been great.

"And with each of the elements designed and made by specialist companies in Scotland, we are already on to a winner.''

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