A very sensual bronze study of a an Art Deco beauty sitting on a stall as she readjusts her stocking and shoes with a bear skin laying beneath her with excellent colour and very fine hand finished detail, signed Bruno Zach
Stockings (also known as hose, especially in a historical context) are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. They vary in colour, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length skirts.
By analogy, the term “stocking” is also used to describe a type of horse marking in which the white coloring extends from the horse’s hoof to just above the knee.
They are still sometimes preferred to pantyhose for a number of reasons. These may include the perception that stockings, and the associated use of garters, lace, high fashion, appliqué and the exposure of the thigh, are more aesthetically pleasing, or sexually attractive and alluring than pantyhose. They are also regarded as cleaner and healthier, while pantyhose tends to create a humid and warm environment in the crotch area, increasing perspiration and potentially promoting fungal and bacterial growth. Stockings, on the other hand, provide ventilation in the crotch, resulting in a reduction of fungal and bacterial growth. Both nylon stockings and pantyhose being sheer share the advantage of being quick-drying compared to pants if say caught in a downpour or if you are splashed by a passing car driving through a puddle. As ever spare pairs are also easy to carry if they are ruined. If laddered they can be replaced ‘one at a time’ which obviously saves money and is an advantage over tights.
However, they do have a drawback in colder weather, because more skin is exposed to the cold compared to pantyhose. Also, pantyhose does not require garters and garter belts, and do not need to be adjusted as much, whilst also leaving a smoother line under form-fitting clothing.
Stockings were a very fashionable in the Art Deco period and you can find many female bronzes dressed in these.
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