When Serena Williams stepped out onto the tennis court at the French Open in an all-black bodysuit, the world applauded. Here was a woman who had given birth just nine months ago, and was back on the court looking stronger than ever.
And she knew exactly what she was doing; ‘It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,’ Williams said of what she called her Wakanda-inspired suit which was also designed to protect against blood clots.
And now, Williams wants to create another iconic moment with fashion at the U.S. Open as she has teased what she’ll be wearing on the court. Working with Off White CEO Virgil Abloh, Nike have created The Queen Collection just for Serena Williams.
‘With Serena, we have one of our generation's most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse,’ says Abloh in Nike’s official release. ‘I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.’
‘What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It's an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse,' says Abloh.
‘So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression. It's partially revealing. It's asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It's not about bells and whistles and tricks. It's just about it living on the body, and expressing Serena’s spirit with each swing of the racket.’
It may have been designed for swinging rackets, but we can guarantee when this collection (which consists of a dress for both day and nighttime play, a bomber jacket, a bag, and three pairs of trainers) goes on sale later this year, it will be seen beyond the courts.
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'Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.'