Vintage Donna Karan hosiery


If you read some earlier parts of my blog, you know about my appreciation for Donna Karan.  She was truly an innovator in the area of opaque hosiery back in the late 1980’s into the 1990’s.  She was putting modern materials like micro fiber and Tactel nylon to good use before many others did.  One of the styles that I think was a major success was the “Jersey” line, consisting of Satin and Matte Jersey opaque tights.  The fit, finish, and material quality was simply first rate, for a good bit less than the prices for similar hosiery offered by the well established top tier hosiery makers like Wolford and Falke.

Donna Karan - Satin Jersey Tights

Donna Karan -- Satin Jersey details

Fortunately, I just happened to find the packaging for these, tucked away in a box.  As you can see from the size chart, 183cm/6’0″ was capped at 79kg/175lbs.  But I found the sizing more generous, capable of filling up to 35lbs more.  The printing date on the back of the package shows 1988, and these were purchased in 1990-1992.  I don’t know exactly when they were discontinued, but searching on the Internet for them turns up absolutely nothing–no text or images (well, until now!).

How do they compare to the hosiery made by Donna Karan today?  I don’t know.  But from what I’ve seen, the material blend of fibers is different and photos of models wearing her opaque tights show less opacity than I remember.  Anyway, I’ll have to give a pair of modern Donna Karan/DKNY opaque tights a try, to see how they compare.  Meanwhile, if anyone connected with Donna Karan just happens to be reading this, tell her to bring back the Satin Jersey!  😉

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