Legs are back in fashion. Not since the 60's
when miniskirts and hot pants ushered in a decade of colored, printed and
fishnet stockings, have legs enjoyed so much exposure.
Fishnet hosiery plays a big role in this
hosiery revival. Fashion's favorite designers have put them on the runways
and pronounced them chic. That's a long way from the time when they were
associated with cabaret dancers, ladies of the night or Punk rockers.
Putting things in perspective, the current
exhibition at The Fashion Institute of Technology, entitled The Little
Black Dress and Other Signs of Status, is about black as a status
symbol and how the same style connotes different meanings, depending on
who wears it. As FIT's curator says: "By covering her legs in black hose,
a woman may signal poverty, chastity, bohemian insouciance, or
decrepitude. Opaque black hose bespeaks an urge to walk in shadows whether
for modesty or seduction; black fishnets are imbued with an essence of "hookerdom".
Young Hollywood is embracing fishnets worn alone or over bright colored
tights along with back-seamed nets that do wonders for the legs.
"Blame Canada" for the line dancers wearing
fishnets during the Oscar performance by Robin Williams. The fishnets
brilliantly completed the dancers' outfits, and the dancers loved them.