The liberation through fishnet

In the aftermath of #WomensMarch and the perturbance it has left us in, MINT celebrates the subversiveness and defiance rooted in the evolvement of feminine attire – in this instance the glory of fishnet tights.


There are few garments of female attire that captivate us quite like the abovementioned ‘vêtement’.
Neither revealing nor concealing, fishnet tights have long been deemed an epitome of subversive raciness. Eschewing pragmatism – much unlike their unattractive nylon cousin – the intent & purpose of fishnets is seemingly rooted in their deliberate rebelliousness.  As a guise satisfying the requirement of the ‘neither naked, nor clothed’, the cunning defiance of the fishnet has for the first time been exhibited in Aesop’s fable ‘Peasant’s wise Daughter’.

Hitherto this garment’s provocative streak lies in its ambivalent nature.
The suggestive, and utterly seductive act of flesh appearing and disappearing, the constant game of hide and seek, lends the garment an aura of the illicit–and thus– endlessly enticing. Innumerable options regarding the mesh’s thickness are closely associated with the varying degrees of risque, rendering the wearer (often– but not always– a woman) full control of the amount of exposure and redolence.
The size and thickness of the weave communicates boldness to the demure, the erotic provocation closely associated by the intermittence of the repetitive pattern.


As the hemlines grew shorter towards the late 1800’s, fishnets were looked upon as an enticing choice; nurturing the modest approach required, yet subtly alluding to latent sexuality. Fishnets were certainly not for the timid. They faced revival During the heydays of Burlesque, 

only to become a central signifier of female sexuality amid the punk movement in the 80’s.   Ultimately blurring the lines between sexuality and sexualisation, fishnet tights have become a prerequisite of female liberation, concurrently making it’s place in history.


Words: @irinalakicevic , Edited: @alicebetts_