On View
Sports Gallery
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
Manufactured by
Nike Inc., American, founded 1971
Worn by
Lewis, Carl, American, born 1961
Signed by
Lewis, Carl, American, born 1961
late 20th century
polyester and elastic
L x W (Measured flat): 14 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (36.2 x 55.2 cm)
Measured on a form: 12 7/8 x 11 x 7 in. (32.7 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm)
Red and white Nike running shorts. The shorts feature v-notch side vents on both sides. The proper right leg is solid red. The white section starts in the middle of the proper left leg, goes around the side, and ends in the middle of the back of the leg. The white portion of the shorts is outlined in red. There is a 1" elastic waistband with three (3) rows of red thread. The white area of the front and back of the proper left leg is sewn with black thread.
There is a black Nike "swoosh" logo on the bottom of the proper left leg in the white area made with thread. [Carl Lewis] is signed with black marker on the proper left hip in the white area.
There is white built-in underwear inside the shorts.
There is a manufacturer's label on the inside back of the waistband. Some of the information includes: [MADE IN TAIWAN], [100% POLYESTER], [SIZE L], and [SEE REVERSE FOR CARE]. To the left of the label there is a black and red Nike logo printed on the white lining.
athletic shorts
Clothing and dress
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Carl Lewis Estate
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Nike
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