Serena Williams Shares the Full Story Behind Her Banned Catsuit at the French Open
Vogue’s September cover star Serena Williams broke down her life in looks for the magazine’s recurring video series. Following her retirement announcement, she took a sartorial trip down memory lane, discussing her most controversial, memorable, and celebrated tennis outfits of all time.
Some of the standout looks include the full-length catsuit she was banned from wearing at the 2018 French Open. She chose to wear the bodysuit for medical reasons as its compression capabilities help prevent blood clots. Williams, 40, also opened up about the denim miniskirt she wore at the US Open in 2004 to debut her partnership with Nike. The skirt was an homage to fellow tennis legend Andre Agassi, who competed in Nike jorts in 1988.
In the 17-minute video, the designer also discusses past Vogue covers and features that she shot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. She wore Carolina Herrera alongside sister Venus for once such photo shoot and Versace for daughter Olympia‘s first appearance on the publication.
We also catch another glimpse of her caped Alexander McQueen wedding dress and her looks for the Met Gala, designed by Versace, Gucci, and her good friend, the late Virgil Abloh, whom she speaks of fondly.
Williams also offers up little-known tidbits about the braids she wore as part of her royal-wedding look and her experience designing her own fashion line.
Ahead, see some of Williams’s most memorable tennis outfits, and read her quotes about how the ensembles were brought to life by her team of stylists.