How Serena Williams made the US Open her catwalk
The star puts on a show during the tournament, and it's not all about tennis
Some of Serena Williams’s most daring fashion moments have been on the US Open courts. In celebration of her collaboration with Nike and Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh, we look back at the five times her fashion sense on the court turned heads at the US Open. This year’ s tournament starts on Monday, August 27.Whether she wins her 22nd grand slam or not, Williams will still be the queen of the court. She will appear at the US Open in a collection designed for Nike by Abloh, who was recently named artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear. The collection is aptly named The Queen Collection.
Abloh was inspired by Williams’s love of ballet, which is why he used a “ballerina-esque silhouette” with a tulle design. He also described tennis as “an aggressive and powerful game” but one that has “touch and finesse”, the characteristics he attributes to Williams. These ideas are realised in the final designs.Williams has always been a trendsetter – she has pushed boundaries (and raised eyebrows) with her choice of outfits. Her outfit at this year’s French Open, a “Wakanda-inspired catsuit”, caused a flurry of media attention dedicated to dissecting her fashion choice.Although she has experimented with sports fashion throughout her career, the US Open has undoubtedly seen her most daring outfits.
The jumpsuit (2002)The boots and studs (2004)The red number (2008)The black and pink leopard (2014)The pink accents (2016)