A few of the models from my friends over at PantyHoseClass.com test drove our brand new line, Act IV, recently, while decorating for Christmas.
All of the models at PantyHoseClass.com are real girls who are in college and/or have real jobs.
They are all young ladies who just love pantyhose.
A few of them, Leilani, Olivia and Ariel, couldn’t wait to try the new Act IV and give me their feedback, while we are still in the R&D stages.
Leilani, 23, is a college student who enjoys blogging her fashions and looking for new fashion blog sites.
She has always loved pantyhose, saying they are a part of who she is.
To put herself through college, Leilani is a hostess at one of the most affluent restaurants in her city.
“I have become a popular hostess at the restaurant because I wear a skirt or dress every day with pantyhose,” Leilana says. “I never wear pants or go bare-legged.
“I wear tights a lot and shiny pantyhose, so Act IV are a great change in look and feel for me.”
Olivia, 22, works in a medical office during the day and is a bartender by night.
She says she loves pantyhose because of the professional look they give her, and she loves how they feel.
Olivia, who says her hobbies are hitting the stores to find perfect clothes and going shoe shopping, says she wears pantyhose every day and even sleeps in them.
“I love Act IV because they are so light and sheer,” Olivia says. “They give the look of bare legs, but the secure feeling of pantyhose.”
Ariel, 19, is Olivia’s sister. She always enjoyed seeing her big sis modeling pantyhose, and said she couldn’t wait until she turned 18 so she could start modeling, too.
An assistant manager at a clothing store, Ariel says she loves to show off her legs, and she feels that pantyhose or tights are essential.
To that end, the horror movie fan says she wears pantyhose six days a week. Wow. Ariel is my kind of girl.
“Act IV pantyhose are very sheer and delicate,” Ariel says. “They look and feel like you’re not wearing pantyhose, but they make your legs look so good.”
My thanks to Leilani, Olivia and Ariel for trying out our brand new Act IV. Now, here they are making Act IV look good:
In addition to the many great comments and suggestions from the wonderful readers of this blog since 2009, during ActSensuous’ 12 years in business, I’ve also been contacted out of the blue many times by pantyhose lovers. Along the way, I’ve made a few friends.
I love it when a professional photographer asks for ActSenuous pantyhose to do a photo shoot. A year or so ago, I was contacted by Kim who is an amazing photographer. She asked to shoot several models in ActSensuous for a new website she was developing. I saw the preview of her site and was extremely impressed, so I was only too happy to agree to the project.
Kim’s new website, PantyHoseClass.com, officially launched this month, and you can find it at One of the reasons I love the site is that it is in a fairly unique genre’ – sort of “The Girl Next Door in Pantyhose.”
Sure, there are thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, but Kim’s is different because it features “real girls” who truly love wearing pantyhose – and what’s even more unique – most of them are college students.
Yes, you read that correctly – COLLEGE STUDENTS. I love Kim’s website for a couple of reasons. First, the site is extremely well done. It’s professional, it’s classy, and the photography is outstanding. Second, it’s COLLEGE GIRLS. Well, mostly. At least a couple of them are college-age professionals.
This is further evidence that one of the biggest objections that pantyhose haters cite, and use in a feable attempt to brainwash today’s girls, is that pantyhose are outdated – something only older women would wear.
Of course, we know this argument doesn’t hold water because we continue to find young celebrities today who are devoted pantyhose wearers. You know who they are: Anne Hathaway, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove, Paris Hilton, Selina Gomez, and Zooey Deschanel to name only a few.
But college-age girls who love to wear pantyhose all the time? That is such a positive.
Some of you may remember it was Kim who shot the pictures of her friend, Lacey, who I featured in a recent post, so you understand the kind of girls Kim finds and features in her new website, and you know the quality of Kim’s photography.
I am impressed with each of the many models on PantyHoseClass.com, but I have singled out a few I simply cannot resist. You will find them featured here one at a time, wearing ActSensuous pantyhose.
This feature is about Yesenia. The 20-year-old Yesenia is an artist in Philadelphia. A pantyhose size A, Yesenia, loves to dress professionally and glamorously for work and all other occasions. And that means pantyhose. The young professional of European and Latin ethnicity says she wears pantyhose to work, to her yoga classes, around the house, and even to sleep in.
I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?
“Pantyhose are good for every day and every season of the year,” she said. “Pantyhose feel like such a great piece of apparel to have on because they have many uses, and of course, pantyhose go with everything.”
Yesenia said she first realized she loved pantyhose at a young age, but the feeling took off when she was around 9 years old, starting ballet classes and wearing pink tights every day.
“It used to be the best feeling in the world, and to this day, still is,” Yesenia said. “When I put on those pink tights, I wasn’t Yesenia – I was someone else. I was a strong ballerina. I could be anyone I wanted.”
Yesenia is quick to give credit to her dance instructor, who once told her: “In these pink tights, you will live and become this beautiful work of dancing art.”
“So, of course, naturally, being a little girl, I was very eager to throw those tights on and get to dancing,” she said.
Today, Yesenia loves the feeling she gets when she slips into a pair of sheer pantyhose, saying it’s “Overwhelming and awesome that this delicate fabric could make my legs look so good.”
Yesenia isn’t sure whether men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose, than when she isn’t, but then again, she’s in pantyhose most of the time, and she certainly attracts a great deal of attention. Describing herself as a “natural born Gothic,” Yesenia likes to stand out, and she gets attention because of the way she dressses in general. Still, she feels that a pair of black pantyhose will always make her look better.
Asked if she could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, Yesenia wasn’t sure how to respond.
“I haven’t been with a guy who has had a pantyhose fetish,” she said. Then, she added: “I mean, I am sure if I worked it a certain way and worked it right, I could totally make a guy fall for it.”
No doubt about that.
Yesenia did say she frequently gets compliments from strangers about the pantyhose she wears.
“Anywhere I go, I hear all the time: “Hey, I love your pantyhose.”
Of course, not everyone appreciates her commitment to looking professional, glamorous and classy.
“I have had female friends ask me why I wear pantyhose,” Yesenia said. “Back in high school, when it really wasn’t so popular to wear them, I would get questions all the time – and not like positive ones, but more like negative ones.
“I wouldn’t say they tried to discourage me, but rather they just didn’t understand the world of pantyhose and all its wonders. I tried to explain to them it’s a magical world and pantyhose go with everything. Of course, now that it’s popular to wear tights, I never get questions anymore.”
In any case, Yesenia doesn’t consider herself special because she wears pantyhose during a time when other women find it old-fashioned to do so, or just refuse to wear them. Rather, she said she considers herself “One of those lucky old-fashioned women who love pantyhose because of all the beautiful things they can do for you and your body.”
Yesenia doesn’t pay much attention to the “bare legs culture” of today. What she would tell women who think pantyhose are so terrible? “Hah! More for me and none for you. No, really, I wouldn’t say much,” Yesenia said.
One thing Yesenia could never imagine is not wearing pantyhose to a job interview.
“I have always worn, and will always wear, pantyhose to a job interview, even if it were for something less than a very high-level professional position.
“I think it’s very unprofessional for high-level businesswomen to not wear pantyhose. It’s almost like you have this amazing suit on, but you forgot to put on your pants if you understand what I mean. I would feel so bare without pantyhose, I wouldn’t feel like I had a suit on at all.”
Wise and mature beyond her years, Yesenia says she doesn’t watch TV or movies, and doesn’t know anything about celebrities or pay attention to what they’re wearing.
“I don’t have any role models. I just try to do what’s good for me and leave it at that.”
For now, that means being a devoted daughter, sister and girlfriend who works to support her family and herself, she said.
“I believe in being good to people. I believe in putting my family first. I believe in being loyal and honest, and to never be bad to others. I always try to be understanding of everyone, and realize that the person next to you or 10 feet away from you is fighting a battle every day.”
Asked if there was anything she wanted to say that she wasn’t asked, Yesenia said:
“Sure. I love your pantyhose. Great feeling and great colors. My personal favorite is Suntan.”
Well, that was nice.
Yesenia is a lovely young lady. She is professional, classy and quite feminine. My thanks to her for wanting to model ActSensuous pantyhose for PantyHoseClass.com and my blog.
Enjoy the gallery (below) of Yesenia in ActSensuous pantyhose, and see many more photo sets of her wearing all kinds of different brands and styles on Kim’s website at (http://www.PantyHoseClass.com).
Note: I don’t know what I did, but somehow the gallery below is linked to another page where the gallery actually lives. Trust me, there are more than 2 pictures in the gallery. Clink that link, and you’ll find the real gallery.
Yesenia, a model on the new website, PantyHoseClass.com, wears all eight ActSensuous Act II colors.
All photos by Kim of PantyHoseClass.com
Visit http://www.PantyHoseClass.com to see more pics of Yesenia and all of Kim’s college-age models who love wearing pantyhose.
When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I was hoping there was at least a small market for 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose.
I never dreamed we’d have several hundred customers from every corner of the world, including in almost every state in the U.S.
But we do. From Atlanta to Australia, from Boston to Bangkok, from California to Chile’, from Denver to Denmark, we have devoted customers. And they’re also in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. I love it.
I get many email letters from customers, and I answer each one. I’ve gotten to know many of them, and they include bankers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and now, add spy!
OK, well, I don’t know if she’s really a spy (but getting information out of her is practically impossible, so maybe), but one of our newest customers – we’ll call her Lacey (because she told us to) – works for the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of Defense.
In this blog, you’ve read my criticism of the costume designer for the movie “Salt,” because he or she didn’t dress Angelina Jolie’s character in pantyhose with her impressive skirt suit. (Idiot!) And you’ve read my lashing of the costume director of the TV drama, “Covert Affairs,” because he or she misses too many opportunities to dress Piper Perabo’s character in pantyhose to complement the gorgeous dresses and stilletos she wears.
C’mon, I say. A female spy or operative for the CIA goes “bear”-legged with her suits and high heels? I don’t think so.
And neither does Lacey.
“I work from home most days, but do have to go to the office one or two days a week,” she said. “When I go to the office, I am always in a skirt, heels and pantyhose. When I work from home, usually, I wear just a cami (camisole) top, shorts and pantyhose.”
Wow, even when working from home, Lacey wears pantyhose. Now, this is my kind of girl.
(Note: In the gallery below, you’ll see several pics of Lacey at home wearing her favorite colors in our Act III line.)
Despite today’s dressed-down society, which seems to prefer casual attire regardless of the event or venue, Lacey, 29, embraces the wearing of pantyhose.
“I love being in just my cami, shorts and pantyhose at home,” she said. “But I know how to dress for the function and occasion. A wedding, a funeral, a party thrown by and for high-level business associates, a formal event or important social gathering – pantyhose are for all those occasions.”
And Lacey doesn’t waste any time or energy wondering or worrying about whether other women will be wearing during these occasions.
“I wear pantyhose because I love them,” she said. “It has nothing to do with the others at a function. In any case, I know my legs will get looks.”
Indeed, Lacey gets noticed all the time at work and everywhere she goes. She gets lots of compliments, too. Sometimes by acquaintances, sometimes by strangers, and often by coworkers. Her favorite compliment?
“It was from one of the interns we had,” Lacey said. “She told me she never wore pantyhose and rarely wore skirts, but after seeing my legs, she said she was going to wear skirts and try pantyhose.”
It would seem impossible not to notice Lacey’s legs. They are quite muscular, yet, very shapely. And, supporting her 5’3, 120-pound, size 4 figure, those legs are kept in shape by Lacey’s regimen, which includes running 2 miles a day, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and walking her dogs every day.
Lacey says her legs are the part of her body of which she’s most proud.
“A lot of it is genetics,” she said. “I have a muscular frame to begin with. I don’t work out my upper body because I would look too masculine. I think my legs look strong and feminine though.”
She’s got that right. What’s really cool is that she most often wears very sheer pantyhose that not only enhance the look of, but actually soften those impressive muscles and glamourize, her super toned legs.
From where did Lacey’s devotion to pantyhose come? She said it started when she was a little girl growing up in the Philadelphia area. Lacey’s mother wanted her to wear dressses even though most girls her age didn’t.
“If I wore a dress, I always had on tights,” Lacey said. “When I got older, I moved to skirts and pantyhose. When I got to the business world, I felt hosiery was a part of professionalism. Pantyhose give your legs a nice, sleek glow.”
Lacey, who holds a college degree in business, said if she weren’t working for the D.O.D., she’d like to be “A professional shopper and party hopper. I love to be in a sexy cocktail dress, pantyhose and heels, going from one party to the next.”
To Lacey, it’s all about being a good person and looking her best. She describes herself as being passionate about friends, shopping, and fashion. And that means complementing her pretty outfits with pantyhose.
“I love to get dressed in a cute dress, pantyhose and heels for a night on the town, she said.”
More about Lacey and pantyhose:
On wearing – For me, pantyhose are proper with any dress or skirt. I think pantyhose add to any style. I wear mostly sheer pantyhose, but do have lots of patterned and specialty pantyhose and tights.
When did you first realize you love them – 7th grade dance (my first formal). When I was in middle school, I realized that high heels fit more comfortably when wearing pantyhose, and they covered imperfections in your legs, such as cuts and bruises from playing sports.
What size do you wear – Size A or small.
Your favorite shade – Tan. I like the neutral colors that are more skintone.
On how they make you feel – More confident and sexy.
On getting compliments – Others notice because pantyhose make your legs stand out in a positive way. I have received compliments about how nice my legs look and I know it was because of the sheerness of the pantyhose.
On the bare legs movement – I think women overlook the enhancement value pantyhose give to your legs and do not realize that all pantyhose are not uncomfortable.
I am so happy to have gotten to know Lacey, and I thank her for agreeing to model some of her favorite colors of Act III pantyhose for us. You can view a gallery of her pics below. They were taken by a mutual friend of ours, Kim, a professional photographer whom you’ll get to know in an upcoming feature on The ActSensuous Blog.
Meanwhile, enjoy Lacey’s gallery.
Miss the old days when pantyhose TV commercials were a staple of advertising during the 1970s, 80s and certainly into the 90s, but not since?
Well, Hanesbrands announced recently that its L’eggs brand will return to television commercials for the first time since 1997. “You’re in luck: You’re in L’eggs” apparently is the new message.
Is this an indication that pantyhose are officially back? Not exactly. An Associated Press article quoted a Hanesbrands report of a nearly 70 percent drop in sales in 2006 compared with the volume that the “Number One seller of hosiery” enjoyed in 1995.
And during the past several quarters, the company reported sales drops in sheer hosiery, including a 9 percent decrease during the fourth quarter of 2010 (reported on January 27, 2011), while innerwear, outerwear and men’s underwear all posted double-digit growth.
Still, there is reason for optimism, as noted in Hanesbrands’ announcement.
Apparently, the new L’eggs commercials follow an animated character as she prepares various outfits (each with pantyhose) for different parts of her day from dressing for the office to going out at night. The idea is to show how L’eggs pantyhose complement various fashion niches. Animated, huh? Hmmmmmmm.
I’ve often fantasized about how great if would be if a Hollywood actress endorsed ActSensuous? I don’t mean as an official spokesmodel. We’re not there yet. But it’s fun to imagine having a celebrity who makes it known that, when she wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.
I like to contemplate which star would be perfect for ActSensuous? While there are so many beautiful and glamorous celebs out there, the list of those who actually would be perfect for ActSensuous would seem to me to be quite small. That’s because, while any pantyhose looks fabulous on a beautiful celebrity, let’s face it – the Number One feature of ActSensuous is THEY’RE EXTREMELY SEXY!
Since ActSensuous are 100 percent nylon and completely sheer to waist, the actress who makes ActSensuous her preferred pantyhose would have to be … you know, really sexy! She couldn’t be just a beauty who has the class to always wear pantyhose, but rather, someone who truly “gets it;” someone who honestly believes that pantyhose are sexy.
See how the list would have to be a short one? Here are some of my favorite actresses, and the pros and cons about their being the right celebrity to represent ActSensuous:
Nicole Kidman – She is a very talented actress. She’s gorgeous and just oozes femininity.
She’s also very classy, which I like. She always wears pantyhose in all the right settings.
Yes, Nicole is one Hollywood actress I would love to see in ActSensuous pantyhose.
She is sexy, but does she really think pantyhose are sexy, or is it that she just has the class to always wear for the right occasions?
Nicole is “To Die For” in pantyhose, but I’m not sure she’d really be the perfect celeb for ActSensuous. But I do love the idea of it.
Julianna Margulies – She wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose for the camera or during a public appearance, which is reason enough for me to love her. And she’s a great actress. But do you think she sees pantyhose as sexy? I doubt it.
Parker Posey – A few years ago, she might have been the obvious choice. She actually carried the nickname “Miss Pantyhose” because of her devotion to wearing in her movies. I have to think that she is one who truly thinks pantyhose are sexy, which makes her perfect for ActSensuous. My only concern is that she isn’t as visible today as some of the other stars I’ve mentioned. But she remains a very intriguing possibility.
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Another talented actress whose beauty is compelling. She has so much class and grace. I never see her not wearing pantyhose for the right occasion. She’s sexy, but I think her commitment to wearing pantyhose is all about the class.
Lucy Liu – She is awesome! She is gorgeous, very sexy and just plain adorable. When she wears pantyhose and high heels with a suit or a dress in some of her TV or movie roles, she is incredible.
Unfortunately, I don’t see her in those outfits often enough, and rarely in pantyhose during public appearances or awards shows.
I love her, but sadly, I don’t really think of her as “a pantyhose girl.”
Michelle Yeoh – Maybe a few years ago. Today, I just never see her in pantyhose anymore.
I put her on my list because I love her more than any other actress. I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world for the many qualities she possesses. She epitomizes femininity, class, grace and elegance, while projecting a physically powerful persona.
Hollywood directors say she is the most professional actress out there, and she is completely genuine.
She looks awesome in a dress and pantyhose and high heels, but one would be hard pressed to see her dressed that way today. It hurts me to admit that she’s not the one to represent ActSensuous, but I’ll never make a list of beautiful and wonderful actresses that doesn’t include Michelle Yeoh.
Zhang Ziyi – If Michelle Yeoh is the most beautiful woman in the world, then Zhang Ziyi is the most gorgeous woman in the world.
Literally, from head to toe, Ziyi is total perfection. Most of the movies she’s in are kung fu period pieces, which means she’s wearing robes and pajamas.
But of all the stars out there, no one wears beautiful skirts, dresses or suits with pantyhose and high heels in real life as often as Ziyi.
Ziyi might not necessarily be “a pantyhose girl,” but she has the class and sense to always do what’s right and wear pantyhose for all public appearances.
She might not be the household name in the U.S. that Michelle Yeoh is, but her recent track record of appearing in Hollywood movies (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hero,” and “Rush Hour 2,”) makes it just a matter of time before she is.
She is magnificent in every way, and to be able to say that Zhang Ziyi wears ActSensuous pantyhose would make my mission in life complete.
Could it really happen? The very thought of it is too thrilling for me to be able to believe that it could.
Karen Mok – Someone who truly “gets it,” Karen Mok seems to live in pantyhose. She is ultra feminine, very lovely, and has killer legs.
Karen Who? Precisely. No one in the U.S. knows who this very talented Chinese singer/actress is. You might have seen her in Jet Li’s “Black Mask,” in which she plays a quirky library coworker to Li’s character.
Karen isn’t as known to us as the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Shu Qi because “Black Mask” might be the only “mainstream” movie she’s been in, but she’s huge throughout Asia.
Probably her best role was in “So Close,” a Chinese movie in which she starred, alongside Shu Qi.
Karen is brilliant. I think she speaks five languages. I believe it’s just a matter of time before Karen becomes more of a household name in the Western world. When she does, she’d be my choice to represent ActSensuous. As lovely as she is, she’s also very cute and has a great personality. But mostly, she exudes sexiness, and I would think as devoted to pantyhose as she is, she and ActSensuous would be a perfect match.
Milla Jovovich – Yes, Miss “Resident Evil” herself. Let me tell you, she is awesome. What’s not to love? She is beautiful and adorable.
She can shoot and kick zombie butt with the best of them, yet, she also does dress-up extremely well.
And not just in her movies. I’ve seen her wearing pantyhose during public appearances, awards shows and talk shows more than anyone.
Milla is cool, and she is HOT. I don’t know if she thinks pantyhose are sexy, but from what I’ve seen of her, I wouldn’t doubt it. One thing is for sure: She is incredibly sexy in them.
It would be awesome to say that when Milla Jovovich wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.
Bai Ling – I know what you’re thinking … Bai Ling? Seriously? YES! I mean she is a little wild, a bit strange, definitely out there. But she is unique and really cool, and I just love Bai Ling.
For one thing, she is a fine actress. I’m not kidding. If you don’t think so, you probably haven’t seen her in “Red Corner” opposite Richard Gere, or “Paris.” Those were excellent roles for her and she was fantastic in them.
Bai has tremendous talent. It’s just that she usually doesn’t choose quality roles or well-written screenplays.
Bai always seems to wear wild outfits, but she is a breathtakingly beautiful girl and she’s got gorgeous legs and feet.
And in the few times I’ve seen her in a pretty outfit with pantyhose and high heels, she’s unreal.
She might not give pantyhose much thought, but I’ll bet that when she does, she’d prefer to wear pantyhose that were created and designed to be very sexy. Just like she is.
Yes, when it is all said and done, I can’t help but feel that Bai Ling belongs in ActSensuous pantyhose. If I could have whomever I wanted, I would choose Bai Ling to be the Hollywood actress who makes it known that when she wears pantyhose, she wears ActSensuous.
Please, someone get me Bai Ling.
NOTE: There certainly are other suspects I’ve considered, but I left them out for space reasons. But here are a few who deserve honorable mention:
Obvioulsy, I love Sandra Bullock, but while she most often wears pantyhose in movies and sometimes during public appearances, she’s another one who I think chooses to do so because she has class and professionalism. I don’t really consider Sandra a “pantyhose girl.
Named one of the “50 Most Beautiful Women in the World,” Chinese actress Gong Li is amazing. She is devastatingly gorgeous and looks incredible in pantyhose and heels.
Unfortunately, it’s not often one can see her in pantyhose when she makes public appearances, but this one at right, makes me wonder why she doesn’t show off this look all the time.
While she is a superstar throughout Asia, she’s been in a few Hollywood movies, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hanibal” and “Miami Vice,” where she looked stunning in a suit and pantyhose and heels.
In the end though, I’ve seen too many cases where Gong Li embraces the bare legs look in the public spotlight, which, of course, means she’s not the most likely candidate to represent ActSensuous.
Finally, I just adore Chinese-American Hollywood actress Joan Chen. I’ve never seen her in a movie in which she didn’t wear beautiful dresses and pantyhose and high heels. She is so gorgeous and glamorous, but I can’t find one photo of her wearing pantyhose in public. Not one.
I am so intrigued by her, but she has become too Americanized and follows the trend of most Hollywood actresses in doing the bare legs thing. To me, that is just sad.
Tell us, who do you think should be the celebrity who, when she wears pantyhose, chooses to wear ActSensuous?
If not for her starring role in the upcoming movie/musical, “Burlesque,” Christina Aguilera likely would have made her way into my column, Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due. That’s because, long before Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce and a handful of other current pop stars, Aguilera has been a devoted pantyhose wearer on and off stage.
“Burlesque,” which opens in theaters on Nov. 24, gives me an excuse to recognize Aguilera now for her pantyhose prowess.
Born Dec. 18, 1980, Christina Aguilera is an American pop singer, songwriter, dancer, and officially now, actress. Known during her childhood as “the little girl with the big voice,” singing in local talent shows and competitions, Aguilera always aspired to be a singer.
Indeed, Aguilera has been compared to the likes of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. A review in the Los Angeles Times compared Aguilera’s vocal stylings to Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin.
In the movie, the burlesque club apparently encompasses not just striptease and comedy routines, but modern dance and mini-theatrical plays, performed by barely dressed women in fishnets.
Beginning in the early 18th century, burlesque was a form of musical and theatrical parody, in which a serious or romantic opera, or a classical theatre piece, was adapted in a broad, often risqué style that ridiculed stage conventions.
The popular burlesque show of this period eventually evolved into the striptease which became the dominant ingredient of burlesque by the 1930s.
Stockings were around as early as the 16th century, mostly in the black wool variety, until silk stockings debuted in the 17th century. These garments helped define the burlesque era.
During the 1920s, silk or artificial silk (rayon) stockings ruled the flapper era of the Roaring 20s.
After World War I (1914-1918) short skirts were fashionable and long silk stockings were worn. Nylon was invented in 1930 by Dupont, and after World War II (1939-1945), nylon stockings became popular and completely replaced silk stockings until the late 1960s, when pantyhose replaced stockings and never looked back.
Previews for “Burlesque,” look very exciting – lots of great music, dancing and pantyhose-adorned legs in action.
While pantyhose hadn’t been invented during the burlesque era, today, Hollywood and modern live burlesque-style shows can and do take creative license in adding the sexy wardrobe accessories to the costumes for movies and musicals depicting the jazz, burlesque and flapper eras from as early as the 16th century, to the roaring 20s, through today.
And here’s something I love: when some of the dancing girls in these movies wear nylon stockings, they usually are wearing very sheer-to-waist pantyhose underneath them. But mostly, I love that the majority of the dancers in these movies just wear pantyhose, as if no one would notice or care that that makes the film historically inaccurate. I don’t care. I love that pantyhose are viewed as so important and necessary by the writers, directors and/or costumers of these productions.
During the 2000s, there have been quite a few successful movies depicting the jazz, burlesque and flapper eras.
Set in 1960s Venice, “Nine” was directed by Rob Marshall (who also directed “Chicago”) and also starred Kate Hudson, Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson and Sophia Loren. It was released in December 2009.
The original Broadway production debuted in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Renee’ Zellweger) are two criminals-of-passion who find themselves awaiting trials for murder in 1920s Chicago. Velma, a vaudevillian, and Roxie, a housewife with aspirations of having the same profession, fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. The film also stars and gets fabulous performances from Richard Gere, Queen Laifah, John C. Reilly and Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“).
Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, and adapted for film by screenwriter Bill Condon, “Chicago” won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture.
The movie/musical of 2001, directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann, was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and won two: for art direction and costume design.
The movie stars Ewan McGregor as Christian, a young, English poet/writer, who falls in love with Nicole Kidman as Staine, a cabaret actress and the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge.
The production is lush and elaborate, featuring the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.
I haven’t seen “Nine” yet, but I plan to buy the DVD. “Chicago” and “Moulin Rouge!” were great movies for showcasing pantyhose. It appears that “Burlesque” will be a great movie for pantyhose lovers, too.
I just hope “Burlesque” delivers a story with as much charm and fun of “Chicago.” From the previews I’ve seen, it certainly appears that the glitter and glam is there. We’ll find out beginning on Nov. 24.
By the way, I intentionally left out the movie, “Showgirls,” which was great for pantyhose, but a weak and poorly written/acted storyline in my opinion.
Perhaps this trend of movies/musicals depicting the jazz, burlesque and flapper eras will do as much for creating an attraction for pantyhose among young women, and sparking renewed interest in pantyhose among more seasoned viewers, much the same way pop stars, such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and others, have been doing recently.
What do you think? Do you like these kinds of movies/musicals that feature beautiful ladies in exotic costumes, including pantyhose? The genre seems like a dream come true for those of us who can’t get enough of our favorites celebrities embracing pantyhose on the grandest of stages.