Love & Those FishnetsFriday, July 13, 2018
In the field of textiles, fishnet is hosiery with an open, diamond-shaped knit; it is most often used as a material for stockings, tights, or bodystockings. Fishnet is available in a multitude of colors, although it is most often sported in traditional matte black. Fishnet is commonly worn on the legs and arms by practitioners of goth and punk fashion, but is also commonly worn by the mainstream as a fashion statement. Generally considered to be a sexy garment, it may serve as a component of sexual fetishism. Fishnets are used mostly as a type of undergarment, and in as much as it defines curves by applying a grid close to the body it generally accentuates the wearer's muscular definition.
On Thursday, July 13, the sports section of my daily delivered NY Times featured a large photograph of Serena Williams defeating Julia Görges at Wimbledon. In the photograph Williams was clearly wearing fishnet stockings.
Anybody who may have been following my blog in the last few years might know that I have a special fondness for this item of hosiery. I have written about fishnets many times (above links).
I immediately went to Google and punched in Serena Williams, fishnets and found this and this. The latter essay explains that her fishnets might have a health purpose.
It was in 1996 (here) that I first went to a Pacific Baroque Orchestra concert. The cellist (I have forgotten her name) was wearing exquisite black pumps and fishnets. It was then and there that my interest in them became a full blown fetish!
I am happy to report that cellist Marina Hasselberg is continuing this fine tradition with fierce enthusiasm.