Serena Williams’ controversial black jumpsuit from the 2018 French Open was recently put on display at a high-end museum in Paris.
People always say that fashion is a form of self-expression and requires creative thinking, which is why 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has become synonymous with it, not because of her powerful tennis brand, but because of her uniqueness of custom nike jerseys.
But for all the ostentatious outfits Williams has worn during her illustrious career, none captured the attention of social media and caused as much controversy as the infamous bodysuit she wore to the clay-court Grand Slam five years ago. dispute.
Playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth to first daughter Olympia, Serena wore an outfit designed to inspire women as she was dragged onto the court for her opening match against Kristina Pliskova and a bodysuit for pregnant mothers that caught people’s attention.
Unfortunately for Serena, whose scheduled box-office showdown with Maria Sharapova took place in the fourth round about an hour before tip-off, her tournament was halted by a pectoral muscle injury.
Months later, the French Tennis Federation banned Serena’s tights and similar clothing from future French Open tennis tournaments. Then-President Bernard Giudicelli made provocative statements about the outfit and was heavily criticized.
“I think we sometimes go too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the venue.”
Associated Press reports FTF former chairman’s statement
In addition to fashion motivations, Williams also suffered from life-threatening blood clots during her pregnancy, and the Wakandan-style tights were designed to aid seamless circulation while playing on the court, as she clarified in a press conference That way.
Ironically, five years later, the costume is now a symbol of inspiration and souvenir in a Paris museum. The signature jumpsuit is on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts’ Fashion and Sports Exposition.