| Frilly knickers were invented by Teddy Tinling
in 1949, for Gussie Moran at Wimbledon.
Though lace had been added to underwear for centuries, this was the first time anyone
expected to reveal knickers in public and get away with it. The time was right - people
were looking for glamour and frivolity in the post-war austerity.
It made the front pages, attendance went up, the public approved. Some of the old guard were horrified. But it changed fashion forever: tennis skirts quickly got shorter, 14" by 1960, way ahead of the first miniskirts. Frilly tennis knickers, intentionally visible, became standard for the next 30 years.
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