Following on the huge success of her best-selling Knickers, Rosemary Hawthorne now turns her candid eye on the nether limbs and the devices used to hold stockings and socks in place in Stockings & Suspenders.
Did you know that:
– suspenders of the Naughty Nineties were advertised as gripping ‘with bull-dog tenacity’?
– medieval dandies kept their long hose thigh-high with a complicated system of strings and eyelet holes?
– Edwardian ladies wore knickers with homes for suspenders, so that the knicker leg would protect their thighs from the metal clips?
– the first stocking machine was invented by a Nottingham vicar?
– removing a bride’s garter is deeply symbolic?
– the first suspenders appear in a 13th-century French painting, sported on the saucily displayed legs of the Three Wise Men?
Illustrated with drawing and contemporary advertisements, this saucy look at one of the most tantalising areas of underwear is a sure-fire stocking-filler. Read this book for a sneaky look up the leg from toe to thigh.
Rosemary Hawthorne trained at RADA and is married to a vicar. While bringing up 7 children, she began collecting old clothes and now owns one of the largest collection of vintage underwear in Britain. Her one-woman show, ‘The Knicker Lady’, has sold out at venues all over Britain.
“A social history, delivered with a large helping of humour, irreverence and evocative illustrations.”
‘Hull Daily Mail’