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China unveils new swimsuit – but at $118K, don’t swim in it!

August 4, 2008

chinese-cossie.jpgAs a revolutionary bodysuit divides Olympics swimmers into the haves and have-nots ahead of the Games, a Chinese designer has unveiled another new swimsuit – but this one won’t be worn in the Olympic pool, or any pool for that matter. The costume was described as possibly the most expensive ever made, valued at 800,000 yuan ($117,647), according to a report in The China Daily.

 The sparkling suit was unveiled by top Chinese model Mo Wandan on behalf of Hong Kong swimsuit brand Hosa, which the newspaper said was a sponsor of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre or “Water Cube” complex where the Olympic swimming will be held. Designer Huang Yinyun said it took more than a month to create the costume which has Swarovski crystals glued into shining “Water Cube” patterns. 

“It is the first swimsuit in China made with crystals and we have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for it to be listed as the most luxurious swimsuit in the world,” Yinyun told the newspaper.

The swimsuit will be saved by the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, after the Olympics.

(Undated handout picture courtesy of The China Daily)

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