This chapter will demonstrate how dress specifically for playing tennis first developed within the boundaries of class, respectability and fashionable taste. By using garment analysis techniques, photographs and printed materials it will question dominant representations of early tennis dress. Moving away from the ‘garden party’representation of the game, it will reassess performance through dress, and demonstrate that competitive players from the late Victorian and Edwardian period played a strenuous game and competed to win.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Tennis History, Culture and Politics|
|Place of Publication||Oxford and New York|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Feb 2019|
- tennis dress
- female tennis players
Rowland, S. (2019). Fashioning Competitive Lawn Tennis: Object, Image, and Reality in Women’s Tennis Dress 1884-1919. In R. Lake (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Tennis History, Culture and Politics (pp. 173-182). Oxford and New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315533575