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The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger


My dear fashionable reader, just some fun today on the evolution of the lowly stocking...

The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger


“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.


~ From A Brief History of Stockings

The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
 Stockings  1788-1793  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The flirtatious and vibrant colors of this pair of stockings increases their value, making them an accessory of interest. The two colors used, enhanced by the two-color embroidery pattern creates an elaborate sensibility. The period from 1890-1899 was known as the “Naughty Nineties” and this pair of stockings is a testament to the frivolous fun women had with their dress.”


~ From A Brief History of Stockings

For Preshea in Poison or Protect...



The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
1860 Stockings  1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"In buying stockings, whether silk or cotton, you will find it cheapest in the end, to get those of the best English manufacture, particularly those of fine quality. For winter, and to wear with boots, English stockings of unbleached cotton are very comfortable, feeling warmer than those that are perfectly white. It is to be lamented that all black stockings (even of silk) are painful and injurious to the feet, the copperas dye being poisonous."

~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (1864)


For Ivy in the Parasol Protectorate Series...

The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
 Stockings  1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate Series...

The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
 Stockings  1873  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Imogene in Romancing the Inventor...


The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
 Stockings  1880-1899  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series...


The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
Stockings  1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
Garters 1899 The Chicago History Museum

For Gail...


The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
Stockings  1910-1917  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail Carriger
 Garter  Lucile, 1914  The Victoria & Albert Museum

From the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue:

LOUSE LADDER. A stitch fallen in a stocking. (AKA a run)

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Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry


So this was the first eShakti dress that I purchased after the Rack Reduction. It's a little bit big and I need to work on the measurements that I give them if/when I order from them again.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

I ordered this just after the holiday season because I love the fabric. It's better in person but it has a peacock component with blues and pinks within the gold.  It's no loner available. It came with a sash belt and pockets (!) and I had the neckline altered to a wide V and short sleeves added because I wanted it to look more 1950s like this:

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Party dress, 1950s via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

I'm wearing it with short beaded cotton gloves (because of the heat in Kansas City) similar $15 in satin.

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry

The multi-colored hair flower is a gift (similar $10) and the shoes are modern MJ almond toe pumps (similar $30). I love them but they are wicked painful. The tassel necklace is a modern jet piece that I love (similar $17). I got it from Dark Garden years ago. I have a THING about tassel jewelry.

Tassel Jewelry a Retrospective


Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Watch Fob  1850  Lang Antiques
Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Pendant  1910  Bonham’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1920s  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
1920s Necklace  1stdibs.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Brooch  Cartier, 1925  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
Diamond and Pearl Necklace  Sterlé, 1955  Christie’s

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2014 via 13 Amazing It-Bags to Seriously Invest in for Fall and Beyond on WhoWhatWear.com

Gail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel Jewelry
2016 Saint Laurent Lolita tassel choker at ysl.com


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.
Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I gets a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.
Dressing Primrose for the Boudoir for Competence (Research Behind Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol Series)The Evolution of the Stocking: History of Victorian Undergarments Series from Gail CarrigerThen & Now ~ Ecru Overlay DressGail Carriger in Retro Gold eShakti Concktail Dress with Tassel JewelryDress the Cover ~ Poison or ProtectThe Evolution of the Slip (Petticoat, Undershirt, Underskirt, Chemise, Shift)Then & Now ~ White with Black TrimBows bows bows! with Gail CarrigerPrudence Extras ~ India's Influence on Victorian Clothing in the Custard Protcol with Gail Carriger Thinking of Prudence: India Influenced Fashion: 1910~1960 Blue from Gail Carriger

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