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.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Tennis History, Culture and Politics|
|Editors||Robert Lake, Carol Osborne|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Feb 2019|
- tennis dress
- female tennis players