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The story of pantyhose runs in the Gant family. Since the late Allen Gant Sr. Three generations of women have now experienced waist-to-toe stockings, and few would be surprised to discover that a man invented pantyhose.
According to Allen Gant Jr. It was nothing personal, just a matter of comfort. Managing her stockings and garter belt over her expanding belly was becoming difficult, and being a proper lady, she would not be seen in public without her hosiery. The year was and if you were a woman, a night on the town meant either squeezing into a girdle or slipping on a garter belt.
Formal dress dictated that females wear such intimate, and often uncomfortable, articles of clothing. How else could you hold up your nylons?
Allen Gant Sr. She stitched some crude garments together, tried them on, and handed the products to her husband. Though the convenience of not having to wear a girdle or garter belt was a plus, what helped pantyhose take hold was the rise of the miniskirt in the mids.
For the fashion-conscious woman looking to wear a skirt shorter than stockings are long, pantyhose were the perfect fit. When iconic models such as Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy donned their mini skirts, demand for pantyhose exploded and women flocked to the stores for pairs of their own. Simultaneously, new kinds of sewing techniques and fabrics—like spandex—brought the cost of the pantyhose down while increasing the range of sizes that could be offered.
As more women headed into the workplace, sales of pantyhose only grew. In return, hosiery manufacturers continued to market new colors, textures, sizes and technology. Those glory days came to an end in the s, a shift that Hosiery Association President Sally Kay attributes to a more relaxed work environment. The industry witnessed a decline in pantyhose sales, and an increase in other products, such as tights and—with the rise of pants in the workplace—trouser socks. Today, many women no longer feel pressured to don hosiery at all.
First Lady Michelle Obama, considered a fashion trendsetter, has placed the garment in the retired pile. Though s are down, with 1. For women in more conservative work environments, pantyhose are still a must.
Some others still prefer the more traditional option. Although Allen Gant Jr. Continue or Give a Gift. SmartNews History. History Archaeology. World History. Science Age of Humans. Future of Space Exploration. Human Behavior. Our Planet. Earth Optimism Summit. Ingenuity Ingenuity Awards. Innovation for Good. Travel Virtual Travel. Travel With Us. Outdoor Travel. Featured: The History of Karate.
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Pantyhose and Tights: A History of Hosiery