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January 28, 2021

- May 25, 2021

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Temporary Exhibit Galleries

Tennis has been a popular activity for men and women alike since the 1870s, and developed initially as a casual leisure activity that men and women could partake in together at social gatherings. Early tennis fashion developed out of the styles and fabrics that were already in use for other popular outdoor activities, such as cricket and croquet. Like the game itself, tennis fashion has also seen tremendous changes over the years.

Just as every decade has had notable fashion tastemakers, tennis, too has had its share of trendsetters who dared to wear provocative attire on the court. Drawn from the collections at the Museum of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Courting Style: Women’s Tennis Fashion explores this intersection of tennis and fashion.

With an emphasis on outfits worn by the great iconic players, such as Evonne Goolagong, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, the exhibition explores developments in tennis fashion design as well as fabrications, trends, major championships, identity, and the players themselves.

From skirt lengths to color combinations and hair accessories, tennis fashions have had broader implications in the fashion world, as they reflect concurrent social and cultural contexts. While men’s tennis fashions have changed at slower rates, women’s tennis clothes are consistently a fiercely debated topic, even in regard to the most seemingly minimal alterations. Historian and author Jaime Schultz believes that “from the moment women first picked up their rackets, their attire inspired questions of decorum, social distinction, physicality, and femininity.”

Attention Members! Join us for a preveiw of Courting Style and a final goodbye to Forever Forest on January 30
See Forever Forest before it leaves for good! Children will explore a treehouse and learn the importance of lumber in their everyday lives.  Children will receive special Craft kits to take home.  Members will also have the opportunity to see Courting Style Women’s Tennis Fashion before The Museum opens to the public.

Space is limited and is on a first come basis – Reservations Required.

Reserve your space by emailing Coleen.Mikucki@readingpublicmuseum.org.  Reservation deadline is February 8th.  This preview is FREE for Members.

DATE


January 28, 2021

- May 25, 2021

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LOCATION

Temporary Exhibit Galleries

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