Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, while hosiery or legwear in some form was worn by women for modesty, warmth, and protection, dresses were kept long and stockings kept short.
Below is a portrait of King Charles IX of France wearing padded hosiery in 1566.
Queen Elizabeth I perhaps started the stocking trend in women, having received her first pair of knit silk stockings in 1560.
While there are some playful patterns in hosiery here, the fashion of this time was still modest, and stockings were typically hidden under clothing.
By the 1920's, hemlines were on the rise, and so too was the popularity of hosiery to cover exposed legs.
After the war, nylon stockings made their return and Du Pont struggled to meet the product's demand.
In 1945, the end of the war, Macy's sold out of their entire stock of 50,000 pairs of nylons in just 6 hours!When the pantyhose style was first invented, it was made of nylon, and all nylon hosiery was then referred to as "pantyhose." The term "pantyhose" now, however, refers to the hosiery style as opposed to the material.Hosiery for the Glamorous fashion accessories, worn by celebrities and models alike.The product was taken off of the market completely and desperate women all over sought out creative alternatives.Women would even paint seams on the back of their legs or use self-tanners and "liquid stockings" to create the illusion that they were wearing hosiery.Such is the case in the film "Daddy Long Legs." This style concept helped spark the invention of pantyhose, a single sheer garment with two legs connected by a gusset and waistband.