“The French Open was type of upset about it,” tennis legend Serena Williams says of that immediately iconic —and controversial— black catsuit she wore on the 2018 French Open. Williams is definitely no stranger to sparking conversations together with her style. The seven-time Wimbledon champ has spent practically three a long time dominating the courtroom, sporting every thing from denim-on-denim competitors appears to be like to Virgil Abloh-designed tutus. In a brand new video, Williams sits down with Vogue to revisit a few of her most memorable appears to be like on and off the courtroom.
The primary look in Williams’ journey down reminiscence lane: A 1992 blue-and-white tennis gown her mom purchased for her. The acquisition was a special day. Williams’s mom, Oracene Worth, sometimes sewed Serena’s outfits herself. “I ought to make this look once more,” Williams jokes.
Just a few years later, Serena and her sister, Venus, would seem in a 1998 difficulty of Vogue. The siblings wore black-and-white robes designed by Carolina Herrera and have been photographed by the famend Annie Leibovitz (who has captured Williams a number of occasions since). “We have been actually younger,” Williams says wanting again on the picture. “We nonetheless had our beads and we nonetheless had our youth.”
After all this Life in Looks touches on the daring, early-aughts style Williams grew to become identified for. One standout: A 2004 US Open look that featured a jean skirt and a calf-high sneaker-boot hybrid. Williams reveals the look was barely impressed by jean shorts André Agassi donned not too lengthy earlier than. “I keep in mind telling Nike if I’m switching to you guys, from Puma, I need extra pizazz,” Williams says. “I stated, ‘I like what André Agassi wore when he wore the jean shorts, I need to put on a jean skirt.’”
Williams has made a reputation for herself on the crimson carpet, too. The athlete displays on her 2019 camp-themed Met Gala outfit. She boldly paired Nike x Virgil Abloh tennis footwear with a kaleidoscopic Versace robe. The surprising transfer got here per the recommendation of Anna Wintour, who warned Williams about how a lot standing co-hosts of the occasion must do. “My best garment occurs to be Nike and Versace,” Williams says.
The ultimate look in Williams’ retrospective? A Versace robe she wore to the Self-importance Truthful Oscars After Social gathering. Williams attended the lauded occasion in celebration of King Richard, the touching, Oscar-winning biopic devoted to her father. “Wow, what a narrative,” Williams says. “That is the place we began,” she says, flipping again to her 1992 tennis look. Then she flips again to present-day. “And that is the place we finish. For now.”