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Bird heads and leaping golfers adorn Jason Page's alternative golfing suits

Dutch Design Week 2015: golf outfits have received a graphic makeover from Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jason Page, whose collection of alternative attire is designed to make the sport more accessible.

The designer, who grew up playing golf, wanted to create garments that would make the sport more appealing to a wide range of people.

Birdie by Jason Page

"I love the game, I want to open it up," Page told Dezeen. "But there was nothing that normal people outside golf would want to be involved with."

Page designed two patterned golf jumpsuits that belt at the middle: one short-sleeved design featuring polka dots and a polo shirt collar, and one long-sleeved with yellow, blue and white cloud shapes, and a ribbed collar and cuffs.

Birdie by Jason Page

He then photographed white, black and Asian models wearing the outfits.

"In the choice of models I’m trying to create fashion for anyone," he said. "United Colours of Benetton is the image in my head.

Birdie by Jason Page

"For golf, that’s always been a difficult thing," he added. "Tiger Woods said hockey is a sport for white people, basketball is a sport for black people and golf is a sport for white people dressed like black pimps. So there still this strange dynamic. There are only two professional African American golfers.

Birdie by Jason Page

"It’s not directly trying to include more people but it’s trying to create an atmosphere where more people would want to get involved," he said.

Both garments feature embroidered graphic motifs including leaping golfers, flaming belts, chicken wings, and disembodied bird heads.

Birdie by Jason Page

To pattern the jumpsuits, Page referred to maps from elite golf courses as well as the kind of language typically used by golfers to design visuals that would "open the sport".

"There are only a few restrictions in golf, and that's the type of cut of the clothing – it has to have a colour, be a different length, and it can't have a large logo," he told Dezeen.

Birdie by Jason Page

"Aside from that I realised that many of the companies weren't really taking adventurous steps. They were maybe making very kitsch loud pants, but nothing which normal people, outside of golf, would want to approach or be involved in," the designer added.

Page also highlighted golf's lack of racial diversity, explaining that he created the garments as a way of encouraging an atmosphere that would be more inclusive, and more appealing to a wider group of individuals.

Birdie by Jason Page

"It's a big machine. I can try to fix it, or work with one point of the machine," he said. "I started the project trying to design a golf course – an experience where people would go to play putt putt, but they go to a larger golf course."

"But that was a bigger ambition, so I thought clothing is something manageable and tangible that people can connect with. It's a nice starting point for an idea," he added.

Birdie by Jason Page

Birdie is on show at Design Academy Eindhoven as part of Dutch Design Week, which runs from 17 to 25 October.

Other fashion collections on display include Vera de Pont's cut-out clothes that are assembled by the wearer, and Jessica Smarsch's textured garments based on muscle movement data.

Birdie by Jason Page

Fellow Eindhoven students have also addressed topical issues, such as Stefania Vulpi's conceptual online platform for sharing citizenship, and Manon van Hoeckel's mobile embassy for immigrants.

In his opening speech to the show, creative director Thomas Widdershoven commented on Design Academy Eindhoven students' shift in attention away from creating beautiful objects and towards addressing real-world issues.