thedasbracket: “ Female Impersonation Meme | 1 - Binding One of the special things a really good female impersonator must be able to do is to bind away his crown jewels in case of skinny dresses. Not...
Gracie Passette's insight:
Man Ray - Barbette dans sa loge et sur scène - 1926
Life magazine has unearthed a 1937 issue that describes a School of Undressing in Manhattan run by one "Allen Gilbert," a burlesque manager-turned-marital etiquette coach dedicated to preserving the magic of marital bliss.
Yes, Virginia, like courtesans who rouged their breasts (or, more accurately, their areolas), flappers heightened the color of, and therefore the attention to, their knees. My guess is though, that they rouged post placement of their stockings.
Now, what about the women-watchers who feel they are the victims of another kind of put-on? We're talking about the men who think there is nothing in this world (or beyond it) as mentally, physically and spiritually inspiring as a beautiful pair of female legs, improved by the addition of sheer, skintight hose. These men -- loyal, upstanding Americans every one -- have spent their whole adult lives admiring the legs of American girls and bringing them the worldwide recognition they deserve. And for these men, nothing did it like nylons that ended halfway to two-thirds of the way up the thigh, supported by taut garter straps. There was no reason, in their view, for women to change this fashion. Perfection had been reached -- with the possible exception of slightly shorter skirts to enhance the tease.
Willy Demond. Willy of Hollywood. Stocking Maker to the Stars. Willy the Stocking Man. At one time, Willy had a virtual silky smooth monopoly...90 percent of the legs in Hollywood were Demond's.
Willy Demond started making stockings around 1928. He sold his first pair of fancy ones to Marilyn Miller for her role in "Sally" for nine dollars, according to the Miami News of June 11, 1948. The story ran in gossiper Hedda Hopper's column. He kept at it and got $2700 for a pair he made for June Haver. Soon he was more than a stocking salesman…he was receiving credits as "movie hosiery designer" and in 1950 he was called "movie town hose specialist." Of course this was all back in the day when gams WERE Hollywood. All singing, but just as important, all dancing. Legs.
I’ve researched and written a lot about vintage nylon stockings over the years because the history of nylon stockings is quite fascinating to me. I’m sure most of you have heard about the scarcity of nylon during WWII — just months after the new invention hit store shelves on May 15, 1940. Even silk stockings, second choice to the preferred fit and feel of nylon, were in very short supply as silk was also used for the war effort and the war itself interfered with over-seas shipments.
...Here, 1942 Hollywood starlet Kay Bensel applied her faux stocking seams with a device “made from a screw driver handle, bicycle leg-clip, and an ordinary eyebrow pencil.”