In the fashion world where sportswear used to be an ugly word it has now done a fashion one eighty with trainers and drawstring waists being style staples of the moment.
Vogue 1926, ‘Sportswear has more to do than anything else with the evolution of the modern mode.’
Sportswear throughout the twentieth century has had its moment in each decade influencing the fashion zeitgeist of the time.
The 1920s sportswear trend can be seen in Jean Patous designs for tennis star Suzanne Lenglen it was the first time when comfort became a key factor in dressing. He raised the hem to knee length, made skirt pleated for easy movement and teamed with sleeveless body. Suzanne Lenglen became the first women to play tennis without a corset. This inspired women to try and copy the sporting design for a day time setting pleated shift dresses with sleeveless button down sweater became in fashion.