NEW YORK — Fashion and women’s sports have long had an uneasy relationship, but now the two forces are gaining a newfound respect for each other.

The growing tie between fashion and sports was evident in a variety of ways at Monday night’s Women’s Sports Foundation awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. Snowboarder Kelly Clark traded in her wool beanie and oversized Burton jacket in favor of a new Prada strapless dress, a Vera Wang-clad Peggy Fleming critiqued skaters’ on-ice attire and a sleek Nadia Comaneci discussed her endorsement deal with a melba toast company.

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