One that, at the time, allowed women to go without the strictures of a girdle or garter belt.
The frenzy over something as simple as a pair of stockings might seem curious today, what with the abundance of five-packs of tights and the option of spending all winter wearing trousers available if one wishes.
Elsewhere, repeatedly returns to stockings in his fashion work and portraiture.
The scarcity of stockings — whether silk or nylon — on both sides of the Atlantic during the war is well documented: tales of women staining their legs with gravy or make-up to mimic hosiery and painstakingly drawing lines up the backs of their legs to give them the appearance of seams now part of historic sartorial lore.
It was an unwelcome change.
There are other contexts in which hosiery — not just stockings, but tights too — feature.