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Nylon stockings turn 75 years old

17 February 2014 Last updated at 00:15 GMT

An item of clothing which changed the fashion world forever, started commercial production 75 years ago.

DuPont's nylon stockings, made from the new "miracle" fibre, were in huge demand when they went on sale in the US the following year.

Developed by Dr Wallace Carothers and his team, the stockings were durable, cheap to buy and looked sheer compared to their silk counterparts.

Louise Scholz-Conway from Angels the Costumiers in London showed BBC News some original nylon stockings and explained the appeal.

Shot and edited by Emyr Cummins. Produced by Claudia Redmond.

Footage courtesy of British Pathe.

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