Models in Stockings at Dolce Amore Fashion Show

August 19, 2013 under Runway

This weekend I came to a fashion show and managed to see a little of it before I ventured backstage to help the girls with their outfits.  If I manage to snatch a few more photos from that show of models in stockings from other photographers, I’ll post.

Fashion shows are very stressful and usually there are assistants to help with the outfits.  If a model needs to quickly change from one outfit to another, she may not have a chance to attach the garter belt or to align the backseam.

This show was done by Dolce Amore Lingerie Boutique in Vancouver.

www.dolceamoreboutique.com

model in Marlena stockings by Fiore on the runway

Marlena stockings by Fiore

model in red stockings at dolce amore lingerie fashion show

Outfit available at Dolce Amore

model in white stockings at dolce amore fashion show

White stockings by Gatta

model in purple stockings at dolce amore fashion show

Outfit available at Dolce Amore

 

 

 

Fashion 2001 Book with Nostalgic Nylon Photos

August 7, 2013 under News

fashion 2011 magazine Lucille Khornak pages of fashion 2011 magazinephoto of cleopatra in nylon photo of nylon feet  photo of white pantyhose and shoes

I got this book in the second hand shop because as I flipped through it, I saw some images that in this decade will no longer make it to a fashion book.  Or, at least, in my dreams.  These are in a way nostalgic nylon photos.

This is a large print book (37 cm by 27 cm) from 2001 of photography by Lucille Khornak featuring outfits by famous designers.  If you are into art, avant-garde, and so on, that book for sure is very impressive.

Sorry for the quality, but I snapped some photos of the pages to give you an idea.  Not all of the photos have pantyhose in them, but let’s just say that there are enough that could be cut out and nicely framed.

photo of wetlook socks

and this one is for my wetlook fans

Do you want this book?  I can sell it to you for $5, what I paid for it, basically.  Plus the shipping.

Contact me if you want it.

friends@fantasystockings.com

Where to Buy Vintage Stockings and Pantyhose in Vancouver?

July 10, 2013 under Vintage
vintage 100 nylon pantyhose by miss canada brand

My vintage pantyhose – Miss Canada brand, 100% nylon

I know where!  I am so excited, just now I was walking along Main Street and noticed a vintage store called Woo Vintage.  I rarely check vintage stores, but I absolutely had to go there because on their sign they had a pair of legs in stockings.  So I was hoping that if they carry it, I could buy some vintage stockings or pantyhose for myself.

I walked in and asked for vintage stockings.  To my surprise they had a whole basket full of all sorts of different brands!  Still unopened, both pantyhose and stockings from decades ago.  It’s  like a chance to travel back in time and feel what it was like for people back then.  What a treasure!  I am tempted to go buy the whole basket actually.  Here is an example from their online store – vintage Hudson stockings.  They also have an account on etsy.

I just couldn’t leave the store without a pair of Miss Canada pantyhose in my hand, a Canadian brand that probably no longer exists.  It claimed to be one size fits all.  Obviously, the same day I put on that 100% nylon vintage pantyhose. Relatively stretchy, sheer to waist, no gusset, chocolate brown.  Yes, for me it fits, but let’s just say I wouldn’t recommended for a lady either taller or heavier than me.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose package

Vintage packaging of Miss Canada brand pantyhose states that the composition of the hosiery is 100% nylon in both English and French. It probably used to be a brand that would sell in department stores, according to the shop owner.  One size fits all perhaps would be true a few decades go, but sure not for the modern North American size.  The range of 100 – 150 lbs would perhaps be about size Medium.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose packaging

I did spot a few special brands, like Alferd Sung, for example.  I recommend this location if you want to buy vintage stockings or vintage clothing and jewelry in general. Another item that I finally found there that I couldn’t find anywhere else was a pair of oversized vintage clip earrings.

 

Woo Vintage

4393 Main St.

Vancouver, BC

604 687 8200

 

If you are in Vancouver, come and indulge.  if you are not, they have a Facebook page and an Etsy store where you can purchase items.  Perhaps you may need to check directly about pantyhose though, since it is really one of a kind thing.  Once they are gone, they are gone.

https://woovintage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WooVintageClothing

https://twitter.com/WooVintage

http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WooVintageClothing

vintage pantyhose packaging - Hudson Wonderfit Phantom Fitlon

Vintage packaging for Hudson, Wonderfit, Phantom, and Fitlon pantyhose.

vintage pantyhose and stockings selection

The treasure basket!  An opportunity to buy vintage stockings while they are still around.

 

Dim Stockings in Canada – just another name for Elbeo

May 18, 2013 under Brands

Elbeo 1960 vintage hosiery advertisement

I always wondered, how come I can’t find Elbeo in Canada?

Turns out that they exist in Canada under the name of Dim.  The best place to find Dim stockings in Canada would be the major department stores.

I can’t say that I understand the reasoning behind it, as Elbeo has a very strong name.  It is actually one of the oldest hosiery brands in the world.

In the past I tried some Dim stay up stockings, but not pantyhose.  However, thanks to one of my fans from England, I now have a vintage pair of Elbeo pantyhose that I yet have to try.

If you wonder how I know this, it’s because I sent a question to Elbeo asking them where to find their hosiery in Canada, but they replied that it is actually sold under Dim label.

 

 

Monica Bellucci and Her Story

January 25, 2013 under Famous
by David, United States 

Monica Bellucci in black pantyhose in a sexy pose with a cleavage“After love, the man sleeps, while the woman reflects”

This is one of several insightful quotations attributed to Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci. Monica was born in 1964 in Citta di Castello, Umbria, right in the center of Italy. While attending the University of Perugia, located in the capital of Umbria, Monica began taking on modeling assignments to help pay for her schooling.

Soon her side job began to accelerate faster than her studies; she left college and moved to Milan in 1988 and signed with her first and current agency Elite model management. Monica started getting attention for her work on both sides of the Atlantic, her images were featured in Dolce & Gabbana, Men’s health, Maxim and French Elle.

Then, with some minor television roles in 1990, her modeling career transitioned into a more successful one in acting. “In 10 years I’ve done so many things. In the beginning I didn’t know if I was still a model, if I was an actress. I knew I wanted to be an actress, but it was so difficult to be believed. Now things are going better and better and the proposals I have are much more interesting than five years ago. It’s like getting older is getting better”, she told one interviewer. Movie credits include L’Appartement, Malena, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Irreversible, Tears of the Sun, The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion of the Christ, The Brothers Grimm, Don’t Look Back, and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Monica Bellucci in pantyhoseUpon mentioning Monica to an associate, he gasped. After calming my friend down I asked him what was the cause of his strong reaction to my mention of such a beautiful woman. “It is because of Irreversible. I sat in the theater and watched her in a horrible, graphic rape scene that lasted eleven minutes….”  Indeed, “Irreversible” is a film so violent and cruel that most have found it unwatchable. It won the Stockholm International Film Festival award for best picture.” The final scene is presented in the beginning, and is an eleven minute long torturous public park rape scene…

Monica made this comment about the film to another reporter: “I’m not scared by nudity, because for me, nothing is more beautiful than a body. You can have such an amazing emotion from a body. In Irreversible (2002), I treated my body like it was an object and it’s great when you can have this kind of relation with your body, it’s a part of your job, an object you can work with. When you can have this kind of freedom it’s the moment where you can give your best as an actress”.

Monica Bellucci in pantyhose and leopard print shoes Monica Bellucci wearing a large hat and pantyhose

Happy Holidays from Fantasy Stockings

December 20, 2012 under Seasonal

My dear hosiery enthusiasts!  I wish you a great holiday season and an opportunity to find some calm time to make goals for the next year.  Have a good one!

*Dear friends, please remember that it is mainly your contributions that make this blog possible.*

Wolsley Underwear and Hosiery Advertisement

December 14, 2012 under Vintage

This is an old advertisement that used a man for their marketing material.

I’ve heard it in a lecture on marketing that this was an approach to recognize the males as customers too.  Women buy hosiery and underwear and who gets to appreciate the most?  The men!
This brand still exists to this very day.  I wonder, did they really try to get men to buy stockings for their women or is this taken out of context by the presenter of the marketing lecture that I listened to?

I would love to hear your opinion. But I somehow don’t feel that the man in that silly hat on the Wolsey poster turns me on.

What kind of knickers should be worn with a garter belt?

December 1, 2012 under Vintage
woman in stockings with a dog on a leash is picking up her dropped purse.  High heels, stockings, suspender belt, knickers, hat, bizarre.

pin up girl in knickers

I absolutely love the authentic pin up girl look with fully fashioned stockings and garter belt and I’d love to re-create that look.

I remember hearing in a talk show that garter belts are not supposed to be worn with thongs, at least authentically.  It makes sense since thongs are a relatively recent invention.

But what kind of panty would one wear?  Or, should I say the British way, what kind of knickers? I would appreciate if someone can send me some ideas.

I am also trying to understand if in the vintage image below garter belt straps are attached to the panty or if the panty is being worn over the belt.  Ideas?

I would really like to do a photoshoot dressed in the most authentic way possible.

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Vintage Advertisement for Artificial Silk Stockings

November 18, 2012 under Vintage

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.

Vintage stockings and pantyhose present from England

September 4, 2012 under Vintage

This morning started for me with a very special moment.  I finally got my hands on a long-awaited parcel from England, sent by James.  He found them in a shop that sells retro items in London.  What a selection of vintage pantyhose and vintage stockings!  I don’t know what to try first.  It’s been on my mind to get my hands on such stuff or a while.

I think that the first one that I’ll probably go for is the off white textured hose in the middle.  But I can’t see the label, looks like it’s been taken out of the package.  I am so excited and very grateful to James for finding this pantyhose treasure and sending it to me.

Brands and description on the package:

 

Kayser – Cotton Sense, plain knit tights with a cotton gusset give you the choice of wearing one garment rather than two.

Dolcis – Sheer Delight, guaranteed ladderproof, fair lady 10

Escort – Sheer Stockings, Miami Size 9 (S-M), Stockings with the look and feel of real silk, re-inforced toe band and patch heel for extra strength.

Gazelle – Ideal, description in German, Mocca

Winfield – Sheer seamfree micromesh stockings

Wolford – Flamenco, the pantie stockings with the perfect fit (tried it on and it’s as strong as new!)

Aristoc – Shareen, sheer, stretch, seamfree, micromesh, colour: brandysnap

Martin Fisher – Seamfree, panti stockings, shade: Jasmin, 20 denier stretch

Christian Dior – beige stockings, but out of original package

Elbeo – Cling tights super, sheer, seamfree, Cantrece, sandalheel, no seam under the foot

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