A Glimpse of Stocking: A Short History of Stockings
Tights or pantyhose are not new! They were invented originally in red and blue for the comfort of people wearing chain mail mini-skirts, laying siege to Jerusalem (and they were men). The voluminous and complicated undergarments worn by women seemed not to require any sort of hosiery more demanding than the stocking for the next three hundred years, although the ingenuity that went into the design of various suspender garments rivalled that of the major engineering feats of the 19th Century. This intriguing and amusing book looks at the history of leg-wear and its accessories through the ages with the aid of beautiful pictures, original advertising and stunning images from the media. A remarkable little history of the fashion essential.
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