CR Fashion Book: A Hole In The Sole
In his 1957 essay “Striptease,” Roland Barthes describes “the classic props of the music hall: the furs, the fans, the gloves, the feathers, the fishnet stocking…” Symbols of sin and excess, these accoutrements manage to transform a women’s body into a sex object through a process of erotic veiling and unveiling: “Is not the most erotic portion of the body where the garment gapes?” asks Barthes in 1973′s The Pleasure of the Text. “There are no ‘erogenous zones’…; it is intermittence…which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing…between two edges…It is this flash itself which seduces…The staging of an appearance-as-disappearance.” The interplay of seen and unseen, the very essence of striptease, is of course distilled, and concretized, in fishnets. But exactly when did fishnet stockings become an essential component of a sensual look? And how was their meaning evolved?