Are you ready for the hottest month I ever published? The frenzy over something as simple as a pair of stockings might seem curious today, what with the abundance of five-packs of tights and the option of spending all winter wearing trousers available if one wishes.
Although other semi-synthetic fabrics existed — such as rayon — none as yet could offer sinuous proximity to silk — the stocking fabric of choice — whilst simultaneously offering better elasticity and durability.
Stockings have perhaps always possessed a potential erotic appeal though.
However, their initial popularity was short-lived.
Elsewhere, repeatedly returns to stockings in his fashion work and portraiture.
Disembodied stockings possess other, stranger qualities — suddenly flimsy, almost alien.
Or it could just be that it forms another playful accessory for the nearly naked body.