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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: 1973

User: King, Billie JeanDesigner: Tinling, TeddyMaker: Tinling, Teddy

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

Name Of Sport: TennisWeb Subject: SportsLevel Of Sport: ProfessionalWeb Subject: Women


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure, Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Billie Jean King

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0122.01Accession Number: 1992.0122Catalog Number: 1992.0122.01

Object Name: tennis outfitdress, tennis

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26 in x 16 in; 66.04 cm x 40.64 cmoverall, mounted: 30 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in x 12 in; 77.47 cm x 41.91 cm x 30.48 cm


Record Id: nmah_748896

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