Stockings facts undressed

Published: 17th June 2010

Stockings facts undressed
For most people they are just something to be bought online and probably never give a second thought to the notion that there could be a long history behind them.

But stockings, it would appear, have a long and venerable tradition stretching back centuries, according to Helen Turner in Wales Online.

Stockings formed an essential part of Elizabethan men's fashion, she claims and even Shakespeare had some of his most famous characters dressed in the legwear.

The real history of stockings comes from the twentieth century, however, with hosiery evolving from silk or rayon to nylon during 1940s.

"In World War II, stockings weren't widely available due to clothing rationing and the diversion of silk and nylon production for making parachutes and barrage balloons," she explains.

Wearers of ladies' tights recently marked the 70th anniversary of the first time women could pull on a pair of nylon stockings.

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Posted by Davina Horne

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