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About the ItemLooking at the fashion of tennis is like opening a window into culture and society. Tennis is the second most popular sport in the West, and over the last century it has become, more than any other, an important part of our society and culture. The remarkable impact of tennis is apparent in the record number of fans and spectators the sport has attracted in the thirty years since major tournaments have been broadcast live on radio and TV. As tennis comes of age with yet another museum devoted to it in Paris (inaugurated at Roland-Garros during the May 2003 championship), this journey through the history of tennis fashions sheds new light on the top sporting events of the 20th century, on the lifestyles that tennis brought into being and turns the spotlight on the most charismatic champions and the way they have influenced the fashions of their time.
About the AuthorDiane Elisabeth Poirier is a fashion designer and art historian. As the president of a contemporary arts society, she has organized numerous exhibitions of young artists' work. As assistant curator at the Galliera Museum, she contributed to exhibitions and fashion catalogues. She published Le Ski et ses Modes, cent ans de sports d'hiver (Skiing and Fashion: A Century of Winter Sports) and is currently the fashion editor for Fanceinlondon.com.
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