While Bettie Page was most notorious for rocking silk stockings, often with garter belts and sky high heels, she wasn’t averse to wearing the occasional pair of fishnet tights either. And, unsurprisingly, she rocked those like nobody’s business too.
I highly recommend this interesting history of fishnet tights from a few years ago, which mentions Bettie among other icons known for wearing them, like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. Here’s a sampling:
In his 1957 essay “Striptease,” Roland Barthes describes fishnets among “the classic props of the music hall,” and in The Pleasure of the Text (1973), he explains their suggestive appeal. “It is intermittence,” he suggests, “which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing.” Fishnets are by nature a tease: a revelation of flesh masquerading as a covering.
Leave it to a French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic to nail the appeal of fishnets. So, just in time for Fishnet Friday, here’s a quick gallery of the Queen of Curves demonstrating the erotic intermittency of fishnet tights.