According to WWD, both the day and evening tennis dresses designed for Sharapova by Nike to wear at this year’s Open more than likely will never be worn, instead going straight to the archives.
“The U.S. Open is known for being a ‘red-carpet’ extravaganza, and we wanted to design something fresh and innovative with all the performance benefits Maria needs to compete and look her best on the court,” said Colleen Sandieson, who has designed Sharapova’s Nike tennis dresses for two years. “Of course we are disappointed, given the fact that this is one of Maria’s favorite tournaments and [given] the accomplishments she has achieved in the past, but we’re excited to bring Maria’s inspiration and our collaboration with her to consumers who we hope will be just as excited about the U.S. Open day and night dress collection.”
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While they may not be worn, Nike isn’t letting what becomes of one of its most high-profile designs be lost completely to its star’s injury. A limited collection still will be available at nikestore.com for $95 for the day dress and $110 for the night dress.
Source & photo: WWD