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

National Museum of American History

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

King, Billie Jean
designer
Tinling, Teddy
Tinling, Teddy
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
1973
ID Number
1992.0122.01
accession number
1992.0122
catalog number
1992.0122.01
Object Name
dress
tennis outfit
dress, tennis
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
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
National Museum of American History
subject
Tennis
Sports
Professional
Women
Record ID
nmah_748896
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-8bcb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

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