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Retro body art in the USA

Painted stockings, Retro body art in the USA

A man paints the ornament on woman’s legs under the watchful eye of her girlfriends. 1924. Retro body art in the USA

Retro body art in the USA
Skillfully painted legs of this woman resemble stockings, in fact her legs are painted by an unknown artist. Such delicate body art was very popular among glamorous women of the early XX century in the United States. In contrast to our time, retro body art was a forced measure, because in the first half of the 20th century, women walking without stocking in the street could be fined. Later painted stockings were also due to the unavailability of silk and nylon during WWII. That is why in summer, women of that time found a creative solution to this problem.

Painted stockings, retro photo

Skillfully painted legs of this woman resemble stockings, in fact her legs are painted by an unknown artist. Delicate body art was very popular among glamorous women of the early XX century in the United States. Retro photo of early XX century, USA

The artist with a palette in his hand paints the legs of women with floral ornaments. New York, United States of America, 1912:

Retro body art in the USA

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