At work we're in the process of coming up with a new product line; and I'm gathering inspiration from anything and everything. In doing so, I stumble upon some pretty awesome things on the Internet.
One source of inspiration was decorated elephants, and Indian patterns / textiles. I soon found myself on the website of Charles Freger, a National Geographic photographer who specializes in "Portraits Photographiques et Uniformes". Freger travels the world and takes photos of different groups in cultures who have a specific unified style. From schools in India to horse jockeys, and the Chinese opera to French waterpolo teams, he's been to quite a few places around the world.
Two of my favorite projects are the Mardi Gras Indians and the painted elephants; the contrast and color in each photograph are simply amazing. Not to mention the amount of detail put into every single aspect of the outfit.