The WNBA Has Teamed Up With High Fashion. It’s a Slam Dunk

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When Caitlin Clark took to the red carpet for the 2024 WNBA Draft, the talk was not just about her formidable skills on the court. The basketball player caught the attention of fashion lovers for her choice of a head-to-toe Prada ensemble, with details including a white double satin shirt and skirt, an embroidered rhinestone mesh top, black leather sling back pumps, a black handbag and sunglasses.

Clark’s outfit became an extra celebratory one when she became the first pick for the Indiana Fever, and it also became a historic moment for Prada, as it was the first time the brand had dressed a player for either the WNBA or NBA draft.

Caitlin Clark at the WNBA draft

Caitlin Clark poses after being selected first overall by the Indiana Fever during the 2024 WNBA Draft on April 14, 2024, in Brooklyn, New York.

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“It was almost too perfect the way Caitlin and Prada aligned so well, both being at the forefront of what they do,” Clark’s stylist Adri Zgirdea told The Daily Beast. “Fashion provides an exciting way to add to the conversation surrounding these WNBA players already inspiring stories. I think it’s fantastic that these women are getting the representation and recognition they deserve.”

Prada did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment regarding Clark’s look.

Clark’s style moments didn’t stop there. At her first press conference as a Fever player, she wore a Louis Vuitton ensemble, featuring a wool and silk dress, with a jeweled tuxedo jacket and satin lapels, and pumps.

The 2024 WNBA draft was the most-watched WNBA draft in history peaking at 3.09 million views. In addition to seeing their favorite young women basketball players find out what team they’ll be playing on for the foreseeable future, fans were also treated to a feast of fashion, with players wearing brands ranging from Balmain to Saint Laurent.

It’s a new era in the WNBA, where off the court their players are looking ready to sit front row at Fashion Week. The secret weapon to these stylish and sporty mavens is, of course, their stylists. On top of that, luxury brands have taken a particular interest in the WNBA over the past several years, helping stylists completely transform the image of these young women.

Kelsey Plum

Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces before the game against the Phoenix Mercury on May 14, 2024, at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Sydney Bordonaro, a former college basketball player turned fashion stylist, has dressed WNBA players, including Dearica Hamby, Dana Evans, and Kelsey Plum. According to Bordonaro, the fashion industry’s interest in WNBA players sparked post-COVID lockdown.

“Fashion and basketball have always had a relationship—just look at sneaker partnerships going back to the ’90s and even earlier,” Bordonaro told The Daily Beast. “What’s causing fashion’s surge in interest with these WNBA players is social media. Look at the Instagram accounts dedicated to athletes doing…

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