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2006/82/86 Stockings (pair), women's, nylon, made by Modeltex, America, c. 1960. Click to enlarge.

Pair of nylon stockings, America

Made in United States of America, c. 1960.

The history of the stocking highlights the early significant advancements that were made, not only in the area of manufacturing technology but in textile design. The developments and innovations made over time in technology and textile design of the ‘humble’ stocking have had far-reaching applications into many other areas. For instance, replacing silk with nylon as parachute material during World War 2. This collection charts the innovations in textile design from the use of natural to syntheti...


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Object Statement

Stockings (pair), women's, nylon, made by Modeltex, America, c. 1960

Physical Description

Stockings (pair), women's, nylon, made by Modeltex, America, c. 1960

Thread: fine nylon Colour: beige (flesh) graded horizontally to a pale blue welting.


- White print "Modaltex style 602", "it's the tops", "9 1/2 (M)" on welting of one stocking
- Two bands of holes woven horizontally around welting
- Donor's fabric tag sewn into welting "Name: B86"



183 mm



This pair of suntan nylon stockings has an unusual colour feature - an ombre fading to a gentle pale blue at the welting. The blue portion of the stocking was not meant to show once the wearer was dressed. The welting also features 2 bands of holes woven horizontally, all the way around. Devices of this type were introduced as early as the 1930s and were used as part of the system of holding the stocking up.


c. 1960



The collection was put together by Mrs Nanona Beecher-Moore between 1978 and 1985. Mrs Beecher-Moore was interested in building up a collection that demonstrated the social and textile history of the development of stockings. She recognised the fact that stockings were not being collected or appreciated, particularly those of the 20th century. Mrs Beecher-Moore travelled regularly with her work as a psychotherapist, and with her husband, and looked at stockings in museums all around the world, buying whenever she could. She developed a special interest in nylons, after researching the area of 19th century pornographic literature and advertisements, and was guided in her collecting by her friend, Ms Valerie Mendes of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Mrs. Beecher-Moore acquired these stockings in the United States.


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Naona Beecher-Moore in honour of KC and Tomy Berkeley, 2006

Acquisition Date

13 June 2006

Cite this Object


Pair of nylon stockings, America 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 February 2019, <>


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