Stems: A History of Hosiery

By Liz Armstrong

Stylist: Hilary Olson; Model: Zumi
Photos by Logan White 

Hilary Olson stockings, Topshop shoes

Now a way to scandalize the leg by means of veiling it, stockings had a long, rough journey on their way to getting everyone horny. Here, we trace hosiery’s history, from the foot of a mummy to the legs of barbarians and settlers and statesmen, creating new models for industry, causing violence and riots, and leading us into a freewheeling new world.