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Qualifying TimesPoints of Change in U.S. Women's Sport$
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Jaime Schultz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038167

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038167.001.0001

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What Shall We Wear for Tennis?

What Shall We Wear for Tennis?

(p.15) 1. What Shall We Wear for Tennis?
Qualifying Times

Jaime Schultz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes several high-profile moments in the early history of women's tennis fashions, accepting costume historian Anne Hollander's assertion that “changes in dress are social changes.” When upper-class women first took to the courts in the late nineteenth century, they did so clad in the constraining livery of their everyday lives. As the distaff game became more competitive, the need to shed the fetters of restrictive garb became ever more demanding. As a result, there emerged several conspicuous, controversial incidents when women appeared in increasingly abbreviated costumes, revealing their ankles and wrists, their arms and legs, and the shapes and forms of their bodies in the quest to free their sporting movements.

Keywords:   tennis fashion, Anne Hollander, social changes, upper-class women, restrictive garb, abbreviated costumes, sporting movements

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