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Venus Williams' tennis dress cheers lace industry

 USA's Venus Williams waves after defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during their third round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the ...
 USA's Venus Williams waves after defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during their third round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the ...

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USA's Venus Williams waves after defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during their third round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the ...

France Tennis French Open

USA's Venus Williams waves after defeating Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during their third round match for the French Open tennis tournament at the ...

When Venus Williams stepped out onto a French Open court in a see-through black lace skirt and red bustier, the beleaguered lace industry let out a cheer.
Williams' corset-like outfit _ reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian can-can chorus costume _ shocked many sports fans and prompted wolf whistles and catcalls. But it also intrigued fashion insiders, and lace designers are hoping that Williams' bold ensemble might boost their game.