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Pair of stockings

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered and machine-knitted silk with sequins and beads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Dowager Lady Swaythling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, room 40, case X19

Physical description

Pair of black silk knitted stockings embroidered with green sequins and green and gold beads. Decorated with a winding silver snake that curls twice around the lower leg and whose head rests on the forepart of foot.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1900 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered and machine-knitted silk with sequins and beads

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 9.5 in foot, Length: 29 in leg

Object history note

Exhibited at the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900. Extremely reminscent of Toulouse Lautrec's iconic 1899 image of Jane Avril, with a serpent coiled around her form-fitting black dress.

Descriptive line

Pair of silk knitted stockings embroidered with sequins and beads, France, 1900

Exhibition History

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion (Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 16/04/2016-12/03/2017)


Silk; Beads; Sequins


Embroidery; Beading

Subjects depicted

Snake (animal)


Underwear; Fashion; Accessories; Embroidery; Footwear; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code


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