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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Tennis History, Culture and Politics
EditorsRobert Lake
Place of PublicationOxford and New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter17
Pages173-182
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315533574
ISBN (Print)9781138691933
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • tennis dress
  • Wimbledon
  • female tennis players

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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