Fashioning Competitive Lawn Tennis: Object, Image, and Reality in Women’s Tennis Dress 1884-1919

Suzanne Rowland

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    Abstract

    This chapter demonstrates 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 questions dominant representations of early tennis dress. Moving away from ‘garden party’ representations of the game, it reassesses performance through dress, and demonstrates that competitive players from the late Victorian and Edwardian period played a strenuous game and competed to win.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Tennis History, Culture and Politics
    EditorsRobert Lake, Carol Osborne
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter17
    Pages173-182
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315533574
    ISBN (Print)9781138691933
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2019

    Keywords

    • tennis dress
    • Wimbledon
    • female tennis players

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