This painting is called “The Muse” and it is by the Russian artist, Stanislav Plutenko. Girls in stockings is the main focus, but if you look at the background, you can see in what detail he painted the men watching – each one of them has his own character, his own story.
I found this ad somewhere and thought to share it with my readers. Is anyone nostalgic yet looking at those stockings with reinforced toes, soles, and heels? Silk stockings, despite their sky high price, were the most desirable accessory for women. Even Coco Chanel said that it’s better to have a wrinkle on the skin than on the stockings.
I was in Washington DC this summer, browsing the Smithsonian district. I kept on asking if they had vintage stockings since I’ve read on their blog that they do. Introduction of the nylon stockings was a major milestone in the clothing industry, as you can see from the history section of this blog.
Perhaps the exhibit was no longer displayed since I couldn’t find it. But if anyone of you have ever seen it there, please let me know and share your experiences with the rest of us.
Update from 2017: One of my internet friends here, Ian, says that he visited a car museum in England called the Lake’s Transport museum. They had a display of fashion from the 1960s and there was a pair of vintage stockings there by Mary Quant.