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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