U.S. tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands is definitely an individual personality.
She’s tatted up, she’s worn eye black during matches and now this. Mattek-Sands wore a dress designed by Alex Noble, Lady Gaga’s designer, to Thursday night’s Wimbledon party.
As you’d probably expect, it’s fairly hideous, but hell, it got the world’s 31st-ranked player in the news.
The dress features a corset with tennis balls, a long skirt and a, uh… hat of some sort.
According to Busted Raquet, the get up has been in the works for some time.
Mattek-Sands met with Noble twice in Madrid, once to discuss the concept for the dress and another for a fitting. “I had a blast working with him,” she said. “It’s the funky dress I wanted.”
The hat was one of her favorite flourishes. “When you’re in England you have to have some cool headwear,” she said.
I’d have stuck with the more traditional bowler hat.
Traditionally, players wear all white at Wimbledon. Mattek-Sands said she had no intention of wearing anything as outrageous as her dress on the court, but tweeted that Noble designed a jacket for her.
Hopefully it’s made out of bacon.
If you’re interested, here’s how this thing was made.