|Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby (2013)|
It would be another twenty-five years before brown and black-skinned legs were acknowledged.
Also in 1922, French count Chardonnet brought "artificial silk" to America. The new fabric, called vicose, was made by pushing nitro-cellulose through a machine-run jet. Vicose was cheaper than silk and sexier than cotton so the Flapper Girl could show off her Charleston legs without spending a fortune.
On February 16, 1937, Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received patent number 2,071,251 for a new miracle fabric called "nylon". Little could he suspect that on May 15, 1940, when the first nylon stockings (which were sheerer than silk) went on sale they prompted a veritable run on U. S. department stores. It was reported that 780,000 were sold on the first day alone.
|Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce (2011)|
Alas, wartime shortages would soon forced women to replace their precious nylons with leg makeup.
~ Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger ~