Tennis Dress, worn by Billie Jean King during the "Battle of the Sexes"

Description (Brief)
Tennis dress, worn by American professional tennis player Billie Jean King (b, 1943.) The dress, designed by Teddy Tinling, London, was worn by King in her famous exhibition match against male competitor Bobby Riggs known as "The Battle of the Sexes." King handily won the nationally televised event, held in Houston, Texas on September 20, 1973.
King has won over 129 singles matches in her career, including 12 Grand Slam singles titles. She was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association and has been an influential advocate for the sport of tennis and women's rights.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dress
tennis outfit
dress, tennis
date made
1973
user
King, Billie Jean
designer
Tinling, Teddy
maker
Tinling, Teddy
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 in x 16 in; 66.04 cm x 40.64 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
1992.0122.01
accession number
1992.0122
catalog number
1992.0122.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Tennis
Sports
Professional
Women
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Billie Jean King

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