Serena Williams says Donatella Versace turned her 2022 Critics Choice gown into a strapless minidress the night before the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Serena Williams in a silver gown that was shortened for the Oscars Vanity Fair party
Serena Williams attends the Critics Choice Awards on March 13, 2022; Serena Williams at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 27, 2022.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic; Doug Peters/PA Images via Getty Images
  • Serena Williams announced her impending retirement in a column for Vogue on Tuesday.

  • The tennis star revealed some of her biggest fashion secrets in a video for the outlet.

  • Williams said Donatella Versace shortened her 2022 Critics Choice gown for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Serena Williams revealed that Donatella Versace shortened her 2022 Critics Choice gown into a strapless minidress the night before the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

The tennis legend, who announced Tuesday that she would retire from the sport in a column for Vogue, sat down with the magazine for a "Life in Looks" video shared the same day.

 

The athlete told Vogue that her dress for the Vanity Fair after-party was "never meant to be" because it came together so quickly. At the time, Williams was on the awards circuit as an executive producer of the film "King Richard," which chronicles the early career years of her and her sister Venus, shaped by their father, Richard Williams.

The night before the event, Williams told Vogue she realized the dress she was supposed to wear didn't fit and reached out to Versace for help.

"So the night before, I called Donatella and I'm like, 'I don't know what to do, my dress doesn't fit. I have nothing to wear to Vanity Fair,'" Williams explained. "She's like, 'What if we take that dress we made for Critics Choice, cut it, and just make a fresh dress?'"

Versace cut the dress, which Williams wore to the Critics Choice Awards just two weeks prior, and removed the straps to create a new look for the superstar. She wore the sparkling minidress with a blunt bob and silver accessories.

Although it worked out for her, Williams said she learned always to have a backup option on hand.

Williams wrote in her Vogue column that she would leave tennis after competing in this year's US Open, which begins on August 29. The athlete said she intends to focus on her venture capital firm and her family, adding that she "never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family."

"If I were a guy, I wouldn't be writing this because I'd be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family," she wrote.

Serena Williams smiles and poses in a silver minidress at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in March 2022
Serena Williams at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on March 27, 2022.PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Still, Williams said she views the transition as growth instead of an ultimate ending.

"I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. I've been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people," the tennis player wrote. "Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution."

Throughout her career, Williams became known for wearing daring outfits on the court. After rocking a bright yellow outfit to the Australian Open in 2016, she told the Herald Sun that she wanted to break boundaries with the way she dressed.

"I've been on tour for a long time. I've been wearing so many different designs. I just wanted to push the envelope again, just bring pop culture to tennis, kind of make it really fun," she said.

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