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Fishnet stockings

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 colours, 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 inasmuch as it defines curves by applying a grid close to the body it generally accentuates the wearer's muscular definition.

A more practical use of fishnet textiles is in high performance next-to-skin apparel used in cold weather outdoor sports, including hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and mountaineering. In this context, fishnet is usually knitted from fibres of polypropylene, merino wool, or nylon, and offers a number of benefits over traditional densely knitted base layer apparel. These benefits are related to the presence of large void spaces in the fishnet fabric structure that trap insulating air for warmth in cool conditions, and allow for the rapid transport of moisture from the skin surface to outer layers to minimize conductive heat loss.


Black fishnet stockings are an essential part of this eye-catching monochromatic outfit

Roller derby athletes at an equipment check wearing three weaves of fishnet stockings ranging from coarse to fine

  • Fishnet stockings are commonplace roller derby regalia.
  • DC Comics features two superheroines who have incorporated fishnet stockings into their crime-fighting costume, Black Canary and Zatanna.
  • Cucumber Sandwiches & Fishnet Tights, a book by Margaret Walker (2006).
  • The Stray Cats recorded a song entitled "Fishnet Stockings" on their European debut album in 1981.
  • Some characters from Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja wear undershirts made of fishnet.
  • Nearly every major character in The Rocky Horror Picture Show is seen wearing fishnets during the film.
  • In the anime and manga One Piece the surgeon of the pirate crew Thriller Bark, Dr. Hogback, wears a fishnet shirt. His character and the whole Thriller Bark are based on horror movies, so he may be based on The Rocky Horror Picture Show itself. Nico Robin in the Thriller Bark arc wears fishnet stockings. Kalifa of CP9 also wears fishnets. Zambai of the Franky Family wears fishnets under his armour.
  • "Fishnet Inc" is a cast which performs live before and during the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Naro Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. It is named after the fishnets worn in the movie.
  • Morris Day recorded the song "Fishnet" for the album Daydreaming in 1987. The song had airplay on several urban contemporary stations and ultimately reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts during 1988. The title and/or content of the song made airplay very limited in some cities. The song was remixed for a club mix album in 1994, and Day added a live version to his It's About Time album in 2004.

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