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Sunday, 15 November 2015


The earliest recorded knickers (panties in American English) were created by a Babylonian girl  who knotted some cloth between her legs. The Egyptians were so impressed they immortalized her in a statue.

Working class women only begun to wear knickers in the 1880s. Up to then they had relied on layers of petticoats to keep warm. These knickers were enormous knee-length shorts that tied together at the waist.

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The Parisian Can-Can dancers of the 1930s were the first to stitch up their seams and chop their bloomers to reveal their high-kicking legs thus creating modern, shorter knickers.

In 1959, Glen Raven Mills of North Carolina introduced pantyhose -- underpants and stockings all in one garment. With the addition of an opaque nylon top, panthose eliminated the need for multiple "foundation" garments.

In the early 1970s two out of every three British women wore Marks & Spencer's knickers.

The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear.

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