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National Museum of Australia acquires historic Wimbledon 2021 outfit from Ash Barty | Canberra time


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Ash Barty’s tank top is crisp white and slightly wrinkled, like it just came out of the dryer. And, aside from the scribbled signature on the front, the top looks to everyone as if it’s destined to be tossed into a pile of equally functional sportswear, ready for a future workout. . Except it’s the one Barty wore when she won the Wimbledon final in 2021. Curators at the National Museum of Australia were watching with interest, and it didn’t take long for one of them to phone people by Barty. Six months later, the top, with matching white skirt, now holds pride of place in the museum’s National Historic Collection, alongside the dress worn by Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Barty’s friend and mentor, at Wimbledon in 1972. The importance of Barty’s win last year was memorable. As the proud Ngarigo woman, she was the second indigenous woman to win the ladies’ singles title – Goolagong Cawley was the first. Only true aficionados would have remembered the important details of Barty’s Fila “Trailblazer” outfit, which featured a floral pattern echoing the blue floral trim of Goolagong Cawley’s very 70s Wimbledon dress designed by Ted Tinling, considered the main designer of tennis dresses. Side by side, the outfits are bound together by five decades of struggle and triumph. Curator Jennifer Rodrigues said she and her team contacted Barty’s foundation just after the historic game in July last year and, after months of back and forth negotiations, they were delighted when she agreed to donate the outfit. “It adds a distinct meaning to the museum’s sports collection, it captures Ashleigh’s journey and her outstanding achievements at the elite level of sport,” said Dr Rodrigues. “Summarizing the design inspiration for Goolagong’s 1971 Wimbledon outfit already in the National Historic Collection, this item reminds us of the special relationship between these two tennis greats and their shared heritage.” It was planned to display them at the Australian Open this year to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s singles competition at the first major tournament of the year. But the timing did not allow, and the two outfits will finally be exhibited side by side at the Canberra museum.