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Liberal Policy Exclusive: Abbott’s ‘Green Army’ to wear ‘Comfortable, yet Stylish’ Uniform.

July 17, 2010

While speculation remains about what the Liberals proposed 15,000-strong green army corps will do, here at ClimateCommercial we can exclusively report what the Green Army will be wearing.

In an exclusive interview with Mr Leo, an internationally renowned armed services and uniforms fashion consultant , we can shed light on perhaps the most important development in Australian uniform style for many years.

While at pains to state that he is yet to be formally commissioned to design the collection, Mr Leo states that, following extensive conversations with Liberal leadership, it is likely that the Green Army uniform will be

‘Comfortable, yet stylish’,

and draw from traditions established by some of Australia’s leading fashion designers.


While speculation persists on the likelihood that the Green Army will bear arms or have an offensive role (perhaps as a second-order defence against asylum seekers), the uniform will draw on elements of military tradition, yet be influenced by what Mr Leo calls 

‘progressive aspects of developments in Australian style’

In an oblique reference to armed services predilection for earthy tones, Mr Leo suggests that the uniform will retain an element of natural colours in a 2-piece uniform consisting of loosely fitting trousers and a square,  round-necked jacket.  The style will likely fall short of the Lanvin all-out Autumn collection jungle look and, for those seeking a conventional army fatigue look, Mr Leo says:

‘We don’t know whether the Green Army will be working in fields, in an office, or serving canapes, but in all these possible scenarios the cadets will want to stand out in the crowd – so camouflage is definitely out.  We can expect stripes to be a feature’

While the jacket will have both waist and chest pockets, its sculptured shoulders and neckline is inspired by the look pioneered by Australian fashion Grande-Dame Carla Zampatti.

Without necessarily the suggested tonal contrasts, the overall look will have what Vogue Australia calls  Bold with a Geometric approach’.

On the likely extent of the range available to green army cadets, Mr Leo went on to say:

‘Well, we know that a ‘trainee’ or cadet in the Green Army will only be starting on around $12,000 a year and we don’t know if that will cover clothing allowance or not.  I hope not – you can’t get a decent Ermenegildo Zenga suit for much less.  But let’s say the Government is picking up the tab, we can expect the collection to include both day- and evening-wear.  For cocktail parties, I expect accessories including denim or fur clutches, and French Foreign Legion-style Kepis to be part of the range’.

For hot weather, which will be increasingly common if there is climate change, Mr Leo suggests that both a shirt and a t-shirt will likely be specified for inclusion within the forthcoming spring collection, should the Coalition win.

For good reason, there is a heightening excitement and interest across Australia surrounding forthcoming announcements on Green Army sartorial design. 

Our thanks to Mr Leo for sharing with us with his critical insights.


Mr Leo is an internationally recognised independent fashion, branding, and style consultant specialising in services to the armed forces and other uniformed personnel.  He is a sought-after consultant, director, and public-speaker.  Mr Leo has 40 years experience in governmental and non-governmental fashion consulting, and has been awarded a number of accolades, including the prestigious award ‘International Military Fashion Stylist of the Year’  on six separate occasions – incredibly over four decades.  His most famous commission is possibly that to Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu waza Banga on the styling and national adoption of the collarless and folded ‘Abacost’ jacket with cravat.  Mr Leo is domiciled in Switzerland.  Mr Leo first came to prominence in popular culture through an interpretation of his work on ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ (1987).

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