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"Tights: A Twist of Style and History" If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist, just put those high-heeled shoes away

Background imageTights Collection: If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist just put those high-heeled shoes away

If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist just put those high-heeled shoes away. Thats what the three girls pictured think

Background imageTights Collection: Mieczyslaw Pianowski, Polish ballet dancer

Mieczyslaw Pianowski, Polish ballet dancer
Mieczyslaw Pianowski (c1891-1967), Polish ballet dancer, ballet master and choreographer. circa 1920s

Background imageTights Collection: TED KID LEWIS

TED KID LEWIS
Ted Kid Lewis (Gershon Mendeloff), British-born World Welterweight Champion in 1915, 1916 and from 1917 - 1919. His nickname was the Aldgate Sphinx

Background imageTights Collection: Actress Helen Mirren wearing a fishnet tights portraying character of fairground stripper

Actress Helen Mirren wearing a fishnet tights portraying character of fairground stripper Juy 1975

Background imageTights Collection: A floral advert for Ballito Nylon Stockings. Date: 1954

A floral advert for Ballito Nylon Stockings. Date: 1954

Background imageTights Collection: Joan Collins actress starred in Dynasty arrives at Heathrow. November 1988

Joan Collins actress starred in Dynasty arrives at Heathrow. November 1988

Background imageTights Collection: Kaufmann Lady Cycle Troupe

Kaufmann Lady Cycle Troupe refined trick cyclists. One bicycle in photograph with the lady cyclists wearing ruched shorts to the knee, long sleeved blouses, tights and flat shoes

Background imageTights Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imageTights Collection: Plastics Nylon made as a substitute for silk Royal welcome home was given nylon

Plastics Nylon made as a substitute for silk Royal welcome home was given nylon as it made its post war reappearance in ladies hosiery

Background imageTights Collection: Caricature of Nellie Farren and Edward Ledger

Caricature of Nellie Farren and Edward Ledger
Caricature of Nellie Farren (1848-1904), English actress and singer, and Edward Ledger (18??-1921), editor of The Era theatrical newspaper

Background imageTights Collection: Pucci outfit, 1965

Pucci outfit, 1965
Cotton velvet apres-ski jacket in a characteristic print of Florentine colour, partnered this season by second skin silk jersey tights, printed to match and ending in little trompe l oeil boots

Background imageTights Collection: Caricatured Hamlet on a music sheet

Caricatured Hamlet on a music sheet
A caricatured Hamlet, probably based on Sir Henry Irving, on a music sheet entitled Hamlet Ye Dane, A Ghost Story, with music by J B Lawreen

Background imageTights Collection: Marius Goring / Romeo

Marius Goring / Romeo
MARIUS GORING British actor of stage and screen in the role of Romeo, with Peggy Ashcroft as Juliet

Background imageTights Collection: Edith Wynne in Red Riding Hood, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Edith Wynne in Red Riding Hood, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Date: 1890s

Background imageTights Collection: Clara Webber in Red Riding Hood, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Clara Webber in Red Riding Hood, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Date: 1890s

Background imageTights Collection: Cartoon, Miss Harriett Vernon in The P)rince of Japs

Cartoon, Miss Harriett Vernon in The P)rince of Japs
Cartoon, Miss Harriett Vernon (1858-1923), English actress and singer, as Cammpi in The Japs, or The Doomed Daimio, a burlesque by Harry Paulton and Mostyn Teddea. 1885

Background imageTights Collection: Bob Fitzsimmons, heavyweight boxing champion

Bob Fitzsimmons, heavyweight boxing champion
Bob (Robert James) Fitzsimmons (1863-1917), English-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. circa 1900s

Background imageTights Collection: Charnos Nylons advertisement

Charnos Nylons advertisement
Advertisement for Charnos nylons, perfect for day and evening. Date: 1953

Background imageTights Collection: Poster advertising Quinquina Dubonnet

Poster advertising Quinquina Dubonnet tonic wine, as enjoyed by a lady in a flamboyant green and white striped dress

Background imageTights Collection: Elizabeth Hurley actress and model. August 1989 Liz

Elizabeth Hurley actress and model. August 1989 Liz

Background imageTights Collection: Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor, 1470

Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor, 1470. Creator: Francesco Botticini
Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor, 1470

Background imageTights Collection: The Shakspeare Commemoration at Stratford-On-Avon: scene from 'Romeo And Juliet'... 1864

The Shakspeare Commemoration at Stratford-On-Avon: scene from "Romeo And Juliet"... 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Shakspeare Commemoration at Stratford-On-Avon: scene from "Romeo And Juliet", as performed in the Festival Pavilion, 1864

Background imageTights Collection: 'A Train of Thought, ' by J. D. Watson, in the Winter Exhibition, 1864. Creator: W Thomas

"A Train of Thought, " by J. D. Watson, in the Winter Exhibition, 1864. Creator: W Thomas
"A Train of Thought, " by J. D. Watson, in the Winter Exhibition, 1864....the subject of this picture...is simply a young, intelligent, and gallant-looking fellow

Background imageTights Collection: Ballet, 1944 (oil on canvas)

Ballet, 1944 (oil on canvas)
1767564 Ballet, 1944 (oil on canvas) by Shinn, Everett (1876-1953); 53.3x78.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Ballet. Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Oil on canvas. Painted in 1944

Background imageTights Collection: German bourgeois couple, around 1500 - Prosperous middle-class urban Germans, or burghers, 1500s

German bourgeois couple, around 1500 - Prosperous middle-class urban Germans, or burghers, 1500s
NWI4957016 German bourgeois couple, around 1500 - Prosperous middle-class urban Germans, or burghers, 1500s. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info.: German bourgeois couple)

Background imageTights Collection: English court dress of the mid-1500s

English court dress of the mid-1500s
NWI4957092 English court dress of the mid-1500s.; (add.info.: English court dress of the mid-1500s.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageTights Collection: Circus clown painting his face in his tent before a show, 1800s

Circus clown painting his face in his tent before a show, 1800s
NWI4759656 Circus clown painting his face in his tent before a show, 1800s.; (add.info.: Circus clown painting his face in his tent before a show, 1800s.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageTights Collection: Couple of the nobility vetus in fashion of the high Middle Ages (5th-9th century)

Couple of the nobility vetus in fashion of the high Middle Ages (5th-9th century)
NWI4957296 Couple of the nobility vetus in fashion of the high Middle Ages (5th-9th century) - Nobleman and noblewoman in fashions of the high Middle Ages

Background imageTights Collection: Couple of the German nobility, around 1500 - Man and woman of German nobility, mid-1500s

Couple of the German nobility, around 1500 - Man and woman of German nobility, mid-1500s
NWI4956653 Couple of the German nobility, around 1500 - Man and woman of German nobility, mid-1500s. Antique hand-colored print, English; (add.info.: Couple of the German nobility)

Background imageTights Collection: Couple de la nobility francaise, fin 1500 - French couple of the nobility, late 1500s

Couple de la nobility francaise, fin 1500 - French couple of the nobility, late 1500s. Antique hand-colored print
NWI4957027 Couple de la nobility francaise, fin 1500 - French couple of the nobility, late 1500s. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info.: Couple de la nobility francaise)

Background imageTights Collection: Men of the Lower Rhine region (Netherlands), circa 1400 - Men from the lower Rhine area, 1400s

Men of the Lower Rhine region (Netherlands), circa 1400 - Men from the lower Rhine area, 1400s
NWI4956957 Men of the Lower Rhine region (Netherlands), circa 1400 - Men from the lower Rhine area, 1400s. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info.: Men of the Lower Rhine region (Netherlands)

Background imageTights Collection: Medieval costumes of a knight, an eveque, a noble lady and a gentleman - Medieval costume of

Medieval costumes of a knight, an eveque, a noble lady and a gentleman - Medieval costume of knight, bishop, lady
NWI4956379 Medieval costumes of a knight, an eveque, a noble lady and a gentleman - Medieval costume of knight, bishop, lady, and gentleman

Background imageTights Collection: Woman and noble of Normandy, 12th century - Women and a noblewoman of Normandy, 12th century

Woman and noble of Normandy, 12th century - Women and a noblewoman of Normandy, 12th century
NWI4957279 Woman and noble of Normandy, 12th century - Women and a noblewoman of Normandy, 12th century. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info.: Woman and noble of Normandy)

Background imageTights Collection: Couple of the German nobility, late 1500 - German couple of the nobility, late 1500s

Couple of the German nobility, late 1500 - German couple of the nobility, late 1500s. Antique hand-colored print
NWI4957020 Couple of the German nobility, late 1500 - German couple of the nobility, late 1500s. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info.: Couple of the German nobility)

Background imageTights Collection: German Ecuyer et ses compagnons, armes de muskets - German country squire

German Ecuyer et ses compagnons, armes de muskets - German country squire and his companions armed with muskets
NWI4956658 German Ecuyer et ses compagnons, armes de muskets - German country squire and his companions armed with muskets.; (add.info.: German Ecuyer et ses compagnons)

Background imageTights Collection: German squire with his armed servants, ca. 1500 - German country squire with his armed attendants

German squire with his armed servants, ca. 1500 - German country squire with his armed attendants, 1500s
NWI4956648 German squire with his armed servants, ca. 1500 - German country squire with his armed attendants, 1500s. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageTights Collection: Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand

Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand
Client: Stonehouse Advertising - shoot for Kamella children's clothes brand - padded short hooded jacket with silk neck bow Date: circa 1967

Background imageTights Collection: Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand

Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand
Client: Stonehouse Advertising - shoot for Kamella children's clothes brand - padded short hooded jacket with silk neck bow Date: circa 1967

Background imageTights Collection: Client: Monsanto Textiles - Young Girl's Knitwear dress

Client: Monsanto Textiles - Young Girl's Knitwear dress with belt - Shoot date: July 24, 1969 Date: 1969

Background imageTights Collection: Client: Monsanto Textiles - Girl's Knitwear dress

Client: Monsanto Textiles - Girl's Knitwear dress - Shoot date: July 24, 1969 Date: 1969

Background imageTights Collection: Client: Monsanto Textiles - Model: Diane Loach

Client: Monsanto Textiles - Model: Diane Loach - Shoot date: April 14, 1970. Date: 1970

Background imageTights Collection: Shoot for John Lewis Partnership product packaging - tights

Shoot for John Lewis Partnership product packaging - tights - circa 1960s. Date: 1960s

Background imageTights Collection: Model in an outdoor botanical setting

Model in an outdoor botanical setting (Kew Gardens?) in tunic waistcoat with matching skirt and tights. Date: mid 1960s

Background imageTights Collection: Couple of the Spanish nobility of the Netherlands, around 1600 - Spanish nobility in

Couple of the Spanish nobility of the Netherlands, around 1600 - Spanish nobility in the Netherlands, 1600s
NWI4956783 Couple of the Spanish nobility of the Netherlands, around 1600 - Spanish nobility in the Netherlands, 1600s. Antique hand-colored print; (add.info)

Background imageTights Collection: Policewomen Hilda Whitcombe (left) and Betty O Brien trying on the new issue for

Policewomen Hilda Whitcombe (left) and Betty O Brien trying on the new issue for Cardiff P Cs - fully fashioned nylons. Twenty dozen pairs have been ordered

Background imageTights Collection: Member son the The Womens Royal Naval Service (WRNS) entertainment section

Member son the The Womens Royal Naval Service (WRNS) entertainment section. The caption suggests the word Canadian, but also WRNS who are the British regiment. Picture taken 12th November 1944

Background imageTights Collection: Slade launch their new album 'Rogues Gallery'

Slade launch their new album "Rogues Gallery"
Slade launch their new album " Rogues Gallery" with a party held at The Royal Exchange pub in Bilston. Jim Lea, Noddy Holder

Background imageTights Collection: West Ham and England football star Bobby Moore with model Kate Howard in Oxford Street

West Ham and England football star Bobby Moore with model Kate Howard in Oxford Street, London to promote the new nude look Norlyn Niknax tights on sale. 10th September 1970



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"Tights: A Twist of Style and History" If you really want to get a kick out of the Twist, just put those high-heeled shoes away. They have been an essential part of fashion for centuries, adorning the legs of dancers, athletes, and even actors. One notable figure who embraced tights was TED KID LEWIS, a legendary boxer known for his agility in the ring. But it wasn't just boxers who appreciated this garment; Mieczyslaw Pianowski, a Polish ballet dancer, relied on tights to showcase his graceful movements on stage. It also found their place in entertainment troupes like the Kaufmann Lady Cycle Troupe. These talented performers dazzled audiences with their acrobatic skills while wearing vibrant tights that added an extra touch of flair to their acts. Even Hollywood couldn't resist the allure of tights. Actress Helen Mirren once donned fishnet tights while portraying a character as a fairground stripper—a testament to how this versatile piece can transform any costume into something captivating. But it's not all about glamour and showbiz; practicality plays its part too. In self-defense exercises, female police officers rely on durable tights that allow them freedom of movement without compromising safety or professionalism. The history behind tights is equally fascinating. Plastics Nylon emerged as a substitute for silk during World War II when resources were scarce. Its introduction brought nylon-made stockings into everyday life and received such enthusiasm that even royalty welcomed it home with open arms. Throughout history, countless icons have rocked tights with style—Joan Collins being one prime example. The actress arrived at Heathrow Airport in 1988 sporting fashionable attire complete with trendy patterned tights—an embodiment of elegance and sophistication. Tight-wearing characters aren't limited to real-life figures either; they've made appearances in cartoons too.