For years preceding World War II, silk stockings were the hosiery of choice. But when synthetic silk--or nylon--premiered at the New York World's Fair in 1939, there was a stampede of well-coifed lasses eager to snatch up the latest in leg-coverings. Unfortunately, when the United States entered the war a few years later, those oh-so-popular nylons began to disappear off shelves. The synthetic fabric became integral to the defense effort and all supplies were used to manufacture things like parachutes and tents.
Instead of going barelegged, ladies got creative. They began penciling stocking seams on the back of their legs to give the illusion of wearing nylons until the supply was replenished.
Whether you strap on a pair of real vintage nylons or pencil in some fakes, make sure to get your stockings down to the Idaho State Historical Museum on Thursday, June 16, for Cocktails and Couture. The museum will host a fashion show featuring clothing from the 1930s-1950s, along with a no-host vintage cocktail bar and apps to snack on. The caterer promises to use "Jell-O in ways long forgotten." The Vinyl Preservation Society will also be on hand spinning throwback tunes from the era.