Four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams didn’t come away from the Rio Olympics with more bullion—or even a victory. Still, her patriotic attire warrants another look for its backstory.
Williams designed the Venus Banner Dress herself as part of her Eleven line of clothing, taking inspiration from the fictional superhero Wonder Woman:
"It's a bold inspiration,” Williams said. "The Olympics dress represents going for dreams that are larger than life and then realizing them. That has been the theme of my life, culminating at the Olympics."
In spite of her earlier-than-expected exits in singles and doubles, the 36-year-old American unquestionably remains larger than life. Coming off a semifinal showing at Wimbledon, Venus is ranked sixth the world, which would be her highest year-end ranking since 2010.
"I want to pass on that feeling of inspiration and power in this dress,” Williams added.
If you’re interested in obtaining this limited-edition dress, it’s available at Tennis Warehouse and comes with a bit of gold in the form of a 14-karat gold-plated pendant and a hand-numbered, signed certificate of authenticity.