Last August, Bernard Giudicelli , president of the French Tennis Federation, announced that the black jumpsuit worn by Serena Williams on the court at Roland Garros would no longer be accepted. A sexist decision, which did not fail to react the interested, and the whole planet. A year later, Virgil Abloh , artistic director of Off-White imagined an outfit in tribute to the champion, and his exceptional career.
In association with Nike , the designer unveils a flocked cape of messages directly echoing the different caps worn by the athlete. One can thus read the words: " Mother, Champion, Queen and Goddess ", all written in French. A ruffled skirt of the same messages also completes his outfit. " I love when fashion becomes a way to share a powerful message, and with Nike and Virgil, we've created pieces that inspire a new generation of athletes all over the world, " said Serena Williams .
In addition to this cloak, Virgil Abloh and Nike have also created a limited edition t-shirt and cap. Everything will be available on the Nike e-shop , as well as in the Champs-Elysees shop in Paris, when the champion will be on the court, today at 4:15 pm.
After having already answered the controversy of Roland-Garros wearing a tutu at the Us Open in 2018, with this cloak with an inspiring message, Serena Williams intends to silence all languages that have something to say about his outfit . After all, is she not primarily present on the court to play tennis and express her talent?