A quick look through Wimbledon fashions

Wednesday 04 April 2018

Back in the 1800s women entering the Wimbledon Tennis Championships could be expected to wear a body-length undergarment, corset, 2 petticoats, silk dress, straw boater and tennis apron. Yes: a tennis apron. The whole thing could weigh as much as 4.9kg. Things have changed a lot since then.

Check out this 1900s Steen skirt and blouse:

1900s tennis dress, Wimbledon Museum © WLTM
© WLTM

Attitudes relaxed after World War I. This is a mid-1920s Pique dress:

A mid-1920’s Pique dress. © WLTM

This dress was worn by Mary Hardwick Hare in 1958:

Dress worn by Mary Hardwick Hare in 1958s © WLTM

This is a 1972 dress worn by Wimbledon Ladies Winner Evonne Goolagong:

Evonne Goolagong dress. Winner 1972. © WLTM

This little number was worn by Steffi Graf in 1988:

Steffi Graf dress. Winner in 1988. © WLTM

And finally, this is the dress worn by 5-times Ladies Singles Champion Serena Williams in 2012:

Serena Williams dress from winning in 2012 © WLTM

And this is just a sample of the fashions on display at the Wimbledon Museum and Tour, where collections reflect the styles up to the most recent Championships.

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