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All-white: Wimbledon fashion through the ages

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Think there’s only so much you can do with an all-white dress code? Think again.

Wimbledon is renowned for its strict dress code which calls for “suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white”.

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Since the British grass court tournament’s inception in 1877, it has been a magnet for the young and stylish of the sporting world.

It hasn’t always been all short shorts and backwards caps, however.

From the birth of Lacoste’s iconic crocodile logo to the outlandish outfits of the Williams sisters, there’s never been a dull moment at the All England Club.

Take a look back across the decades in our definitive guide to Wimbledon style:

1900s

British players Arthur Gore in 1901 and Mrs Lambert Chambers in 1904.
L-R: British players Arthur Gore in 1901 and Mrs Lambert Chambers in 1904.

1910s

Britain's Ethel Larcombe in 1912 and American player Maurice McLaughlin and friend in 1910.
L-R: Britain’s Ethel Larcombe in 1912 and American player Maurice McLaughlin and friend in 1910.

1920s

French mens' players Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon in 1926 and Norwegian player Molla Mallory with French player Suzanne Lenglen in 1924.
L-R: French players Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon in 1926, and Norwegian Molla Mallory with French champion Suzanne Lenglen in 1924.

1930s

1930s
L-R: Rene Lacoste – pioneer of the Polo shirt – wearing his signature crocodile insignia in 1932, and British player Miss Lamb with American Sarah Palfrey in 1938.

1940s

L-R: US player Gussie Moran in 1949 and US player Jack Kramer with his Australian opponent G Brown in 1947.
L-R: US player Gussie Moran in 1949, and American Jack Kramer with his Australian opponent G Brown in 1947.

1950s

L-R: US player Karol Fageros in 1959, Australia's Ken Rosewall with Czechoslovakia's Jaroslav Drobny in 1954 and US player Maureen Connolly in 1952.
L-R: US player Karol Fageros in 1959, Australia’s Ken Rosewall with Czechoslovakia’s Jaroslav Drobny in 1954, and American Maureen Connolly in 1952.

1960s

L-R: Australia's Margaret Court in 1960, Australia's Roy Emerson in 1965 and Italy's Lea Pericoli in 1965.
L-R: Australia’s Margaret Court in 1960, Australia’s Roy Emerson in 1965 and Italy’s Lea Pericoli in 1965.

1970s

L-R: US player Billie Jean King in 1975, Czech/US player Martina Navratilova in 1978 and Sweden's Bjorn Borg in 1976.
L-R: US player Billie Jean King in 1975, Czech/US star Martina Navratilova in 1978 and Swedish legend Bjorn Borg in 1976.

1980s

L-R: Czech player Ivan Lendl and Aussie player Pat Cash in 1987, Canadian player Carling Bassett in 1988 and US player John McEnroe in 1981.
L-R: Czech Ivan Lendl and Aussie Pat Cash after the 1987 final, Canadian player Carling Bassett in 1988 and American John McEnroe in 1981.

1990s

L-R: Spanish player Arantxa Sanchez in 1994, US player Andre Agassi in 1995 and German player Steffi Graf in 1990.
L-R: Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez in 1994, American Andre Agassi in 1995 and Germany’s Steffi Graf in 1990.

2000s

L-R: Russia's Anna Kournikova in 2000, USA's Serena Williams in 2000 and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
L-R: Russia’s Anna Kournikova in 2000, USA’s Serena Williams in 2000 and Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

2010s

Russian player Maria Sharapova in 2012, Switzerland's Roger Federer in 2013 and Australia's Nick Kyrgios in 2015.
Russian Maria Sharapova in 2012, Switzerland’s Roger Federer in 2013 and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in 2015.

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