The 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony Was Full of Jawdropping Fashion Moments

Team USA arriving at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony in July.
Team USA arriving at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony in July. Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12227978v)

While the Olympics are mainly about sports, the opening ceremony had some standout fashion moments that we’ve been thinking about all weekend. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics started on Friday, July 23 with over 11,000 athletes from 206 countries, and between the performers and team uniforms, the opening ceremony was really impressive when it came to fashion. Between high fashion and homage to various cultures, these were the five best fashion moments from the event.


Japanese singer Misia wore this rainbow-colored, oversized gown by Tokyo-based designer Tomo Koizumi to sing Japan’s national anthem. The dress looked like it came straight off the runway.

Team USA

Ralph Lauren returned as the official designer for Team USA’s Olympics uniforms and the athletes looked really patriotic in these retro-style outfits that included a navy blazer and trousers, a striped short-sleeved shirt, and a custom face mask.

Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua

People can’t stop talking about Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua who reprised his role as the country’s flag bearer. He appeared shirtless and covered in oil as he carried the flag.

Kenya’s Olympic Team

One of the most colorful uniforms for the opening ceremony went to Kenya. The team’s female athletes wore Maasai print dresses under a red-caped bolero jacket and the men wore matching shirts with black trousers.

Colombia’s Olympic Team

Colombia’s Olympic team combined their culture with Japan’s, wearing traditional kimonos embellished with yellow flowers and red, blue, and yellow strips representing the Columbian flag. They accessorized it with a patterned hat and face mask.