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Stockings

Manufacturer:
McCallum
Date:
1890–99
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Rhode Island School of Design, 1958
Accession Number:
2009.300.1957a, b
Not on view
Stockings, originally designed for practical purposes, soon transformed into a fashionable accessory with the invention of the knitting frame in 1589 and then the circular-knitting machine in 1816. This technology allowed for a tighter weave and a better fit. Also, it was much easier to produce stockings, making them more affordable and readily available to a larger public. Plain white stockings were in mode for quite some time, until the mid to late-1800s when hemlines rose, and the ankle was revealed. This change in fashion called for colorful and fanciful motifs to decorate the lower leg, a visually appealing effect.

Produced by the McCallum Hosiery company of North Hampton, Massachusetts, this pair of stockings has a seductive appeal as well as a sporty look, created by the sheen ribbing at the lower half of the leg and the horizontal bands at the knee.
Marking: Printed on toe in green: "McCallum"
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