Stockings, or Nylons as they are sometimes referred to didn't appear until the 20th century but their origins can be traced back much farther than that. The ancient greek workers used to wear a form of hosiery and the roman's too had their short 'soccus' foot covering. In the first knitting machine was invented by Reverend William Lee and hose was knitted from wool, silk and cotton for use by the gentlemen of the time. Women's legs were something you simply didn't flaunt about the place with society going to such extremes as covering the legs of tables in polite society in case the shapely wooden table leg may turn men's minds to other things!
How Nylon Stockings Changed the World
How Nylon Stockings Changed the World | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine
Stockings also known as hose , especially in a historical context are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. Stockings vary in color, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics , usually in association with mid-length or short skirts. Historically, even though the word sock is at least as ancient in origin, what men normally wore were often referred to as stockings, probably especially when referring to longer hose. See Hose. Before the s, stockings were made of woven cloth.
Pantyhose and Tights: A History of Hosiery
Have you ever taken a look at your VienneMilano thigh highs and wondered how women could ever live without them? It is difficult to imagine, but the hold ups we know today are actually a fairly modern invention. The beginning of hosiery has a royally long history. Just as culture and popular fashion have evolved over the decades, so too has hosiery. Hosiery's first origins can be found in its name, a term deriving from the Anglo-Saxon Old English word " hosen " which means covering.
Women making hosiery at Minnesac Mills, Philadelphia. Photo by Lewis Hine, Nylon stockings made their debut in my hometown, Wilmington, Delaware, on October 24,