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

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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
date made
1973
ID Number
1992.0122.01
accession number
1992.0122
catalog number
1992.0122.01
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.
Credit Line
Gift of Billie Jean King
user
King, Billie Jean
designer
Tinling, Teddy
maker
Tinling, Teddy
subject
Tennis
Sports
Professional
Women
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Object Name
dress
tennis outfit
dress, tennis
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-8bcb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
Record ID
nmah_748896

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

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