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

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

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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.
Object Name
tennis outfit
dress, tennis
date made
King, Billie Jean
Tinling, Teddy
Tinling, Teddy
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 26 in x 16 in; 66.04 cm x 40.64 cm
overall, mounted: 30 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in x 12 in; 77.47 cm x 41.91 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Billie Jean King
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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What is the embroidered design on the collar?
Tina, the embroidered design on the collar is the Virginia Slims Tennis logo. The company was the primary sponsor for the Women's Tennis Association, founded by King. I can't post a picture on this reply but here is a link to a story that features the image.
Do you also have her blue tennis shoes created for the Battle of the Sexes? They come to mind because I owned 3 pairs in the 1970s for playing tennis and loved them.
Hi Ellen -- We do not have the tennis shoes Billie Jean King wore during that famed tennis match -- only the dress!

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