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Leggings Collection

Leggings have a rich history that spans across cultures and time periods

Background imageLeggings Collection: PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief

PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief. Photographed at the James E. McClees studio in Washington, D.C. 1858

Background imageLeggings Collection: Northern Scandinavian girl

Northern Scandinavian girl in traditional costume, lisening to the sound of the sea in a conch shell. Possibly a young member of the Sami People. circa 1910s

Background imageLeggings Collection: The Hiker & Camper 1934

The Hiker & Camper 1934
Stylised front cover of The Hiker and Camper magazine featuring an advertisement for Stormgard rain capes, leggings sou westers & rucksacks, all necessary for keen hikers

Background imageLeggings Collection: Siena, Italy - Contrada - Giraffa (Giraffe)

Siena, Italy - Contrada - Giraffa (Giraffe)
Standard bearer of the Contrada of Giraffa (Giraffe), Siena, Italy. At birth you become a member of one of the 17 Contrade (Districts) and your life revolves around your Contrada

Background imageLeggings Collection: Marthe Carpentier boxer born 1893

Marthe Carpentier boxer born 1893
Marthe Carpentier French boxer. On 8th March 1914 she won a bout against Lucie Warner from England for the world female title

Background imageLeggings Collection: NATIVE AMERICANS / FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in

NATIVE AMERICANS / FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in the rapids of the Columbia
NATIVE AMERICANS/FISHING. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest catching whitefish in the rapids of the Columbia River, Washington Territory. Wood engraving, 1871

Background imageLeggings Collection: Bon Ton Skiwear

Bon Ton Skiwear
For Chamonix: sensible yet stylish clothing includes gaiters & leggings, fringed scarf, knitted jumper, flat cap with earflaps; belted jacket & plaid skirt

Background imageLeggings Collection: Lumber Jills, Land Girls in Devon, WW1

Lumber Jills, Land Girls in Devon, WW1
Lumber Jills, Land Girls in breeches, leggings and hobnailed boots, doing forestry work in Devon during the First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageLeggings Collection: BODMER: SIOUX CHIEF. Wahk-Tä-Ge-Li, or Big Soldier, a Yankton Sioux Native American chief

BODMER: SIOUX CHIEF. Wahk-Tä-Ge-Li, or Big Soldier, a Yankton Sioux Native American chief. Aquatint engraving, c1844, after a painting, 1833, by Karl Bodmer

Background imageLeggings Collection: GUY JOHNSON (c1740-1788). American (Irish-born) military officer and diplomat

GUY JOHNSON (c1740-1788). American (Irish-born) military officer and diplomat. With the Mohawk chief Karonghyontye (a.k.a. Captain David Hill). Oil on canvas, 1776, by Benjamin West

Background imageLeggings Collection: Pucci outfit, 1965

Pucci outfit, 1965
Cotton velvet apres-ski jacket in a characteristic print of Florentine colour, partnered this season by second skin silk jersey tights, printed to match and ending in little trompe l oeil boots

Background imageLeggings Collection: Dressed to Kill 1912

Dressed to Kill 1912
Woman: tailor-made with a narrow skirt, belted long line jacket with bellows pockets & a trilby hat. Man: jodphurs, gaiters or leggings, belted jacket with a pleated back & patch pockets

Background imageLeggings Collection: Thessaloniki - Turkish Woman

Thessaloniki - Turkish Woman in extraordinary voluminous leggings! Date: circa 1916

Background imageLeggings Collection: Portrait Of Achille Deban De Laborde, 1817. Creator: Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet

Portrait Of Achille Deban De Laborde, 1817. Creator: Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet
Portrait Of Achille Deban De Laborde, 1817. Painted during the Bourbon restoration, this portrait depicts the son of a fallen Napoleonic hero during a time of anti-imperialism in France

Background imageLeggings Collection: Naked tattooed man of Hawaii dancing with shield, 1778

Naked tattooed man of Hawaii dancing with shield, 1778
Naked tattooed man of Hawaii (Sandwich Islands) dancing for Captain James Cook, 1778. He holds a feathered shield and has dogs teeth leggings tied at the knee

Background imageLeggings Collection: Picture No. 12480078

Picture No. 12480078
Alpaca, wearing Birthday party hat and leggings Date:

Background imageLeggings Collection: Picture No. 12479993

Picture No. 12479993
Alpaca, wearing Christmas hat and leggings Date:

Background imageLeggings Collection: Gypsy family from Spanish Pyrenees

Gypsy family from Spanish Pyrenees
864786 Gypsy family from Spanish Pyrenees; (add.info.: Gypsy family from the Spanish Pyrenees. The small child is carried in a sling on the mother's back)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Two men meeting on road near Tarbes in French Pyrenees

Two men meeting on road near Tarbes in French Pyrenees
864783 Two men meeting on road near Tarbes in French Pyrenees; (add.info.: Two men meeting on the road near Tarbes in the French Pyrenees and stopping to talk)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Union Army Zouave leather greaves

Union Army Zouave leather greaves
3056340 Union Army Zouave leather greaves; Private Collection; (add.info.: American Civil War; Union Zouave leather greaves (leggings)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Spanish gipsy muleteer wearing blanket slung

Spanish gipsy muleteer wearing blanket slung
864791 Spanish gipsy muleteer wearing blanket slung; (add.info.: Spanish gipsy muleteer in the Pyrenees wearing a wide brimmed hat and a blanket slung across his shoulders)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Man and woman from Vallee d'Ossau, French Pyrenees

Man and woman from Vallee d'Ossau, French Pyrenees
864784 Man and woman from Vallee d'Ossau, French Pyrenees; (add.info.: Man and woman from the Vallee d'Ossau, French Pyrenees, in traditional regional dress)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand

Shoot for Kamella - children's clothes brand
Client: Stonehouse Advertising - shoot for Kamella children's clothes brand - young blonde boy in patterned raincoat sitting on a large shiny ball Date: circa 1967

Background imageLeggings Collection: Engraving depicting a gentleman wearing leggings, 19th century

Engraving depicting a gentleman wearing leggings, 19th century
5309070 Engraving depicting a gentleman wearing leggings, 19th century; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a gentleman wearing leggings. Dated 19th century 01/02/1882); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLeggings Collection: Hawkins Zouave Leggings

Hawkins Zouave Leggings
3056342 Hawkins Zouave Leggings; Private Collection; (add.info.: American Civil War; A pair of cloth and leather leggings worn by a soldier of the 9th New York Volunteers)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Man, woman and child from Vallee d'Ossau

Man, woman and child from Vallee d'Ossau
864785 Man, woman and child from Vallee d'Ossau; (add.info.: Man, woman and child from the Vallee d'Ossau, French Pyrenees, in traditional regional dress)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Epidemic Typhus or Gaol Fever

Epidemic Typhus or Gaol Fever
864792 Epidemic Typhus or Gaol Fever; (add.info.: Epidemic Typhus or Gaol Fever, caused by the organism Rickettsia prowazeki, is spread by lice)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Mr. Sylvester Labrot, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 9. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Mr. Sylvester Labrot, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 9. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Mr. Sylvester Labrot, portrait photograph, 1918 Nov. 9

Background imageLeggings Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Sauvage Iroquois, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur

Costumes de Différents Pays, Sauvage Iroquois, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Sauvage Iroquois, c1797

Background imageLeggings Collection: Costumes de Différent Pays, Patre des Voges, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur

Costumes de Différent Pays, Patre des Voges, c1797. Creator: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Different Pays, Patre des Voges, c1797

Background imageLeggings Collection: National Guard of D.C. - Capt. Louis Wilson, 1916. Creator: Harris & Ewing. National Guard of D.C

National Guard of D.C. - Capt. Louis Wilson, 1916. Creator: Harris & Ewing. National Guard of D.C. - Capt
National Guard of D.C. - Capt. Louis Wilson, 1916. Sitting at writing desk designed to fold up inside a trunk

Background imageLeggings Collection: Buckskin Shirt and Leggings, 1935/1942. Creator: Unknown

Buckskin Shirt and Leggings, 1935/1942. Creator: Unknown
Buckskin Shirt and Leggings, 1935/1942

Background imageLeggings Collection: Leggings, 1935. Creator: George B. Wally

Leggings, 1935. Creator: George B. Wally
Leggings, 1935

Background imageLeggings Collection: Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front... c1910

Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front... c1910
Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front, with braids, beaded buckskin shirt and leggings, beads with ermine tail trim, c1910

Background imageLeggings Collection: Long Time Dog-Hidatsa, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Long Time Dog-Hidatsa, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Long Time Dog-Hidatsa, c1908. Long Time Dog, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, wearing headress, buckskin shirt, and leggings with brass bells

Background imageLeggings Collection: Gillian Kearney, actress from the TV programme Brookside. November 1987

Gillian Kearney, actress from the TV programme Brookside. November 1987

Background imageLeggings Collection: Bruce Grobbelaar Liverpool goalkeeper in old styl football kit May 1992

Bruce Grobbelaar Liverpool goalkeeper in old styl football kit May 1992

Background imageLeggings Collection: Young lady meeting an old man clothed all in leather

Young lady meeting an old man clothed all in leather
Scene from the nursery rhyme aOne Misty Moisty MorningaA where a young lady meets an old man - aOne misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather

Background imageLeggings Collection: French handcoloured fashion plate showing shooting costume 1860

French handcoloured fashion plate showing shooting costume 1860 French handcoloured fashion plate showing shooting costume 1860

Background imageLeggings Collection: Georgian cartoon, man, daughter and barber

Georgian cartoon, man, daughter and barber
Georgian cartoon, barber cutting the hair of a man who is complaining about his daughter showing too much leggings Date: circa 1820s

Background imageLeggings Collection: Oinochoe (Pitcher), about 440 BCE. Creator: Painter of Naples 3136

Oinochoe (Pitcher), about 440 BCE. Creator: Painter of Naples 3136
Oinochoe (Pitcher), about 440 BCE

Background imageLeggings Collection: Suit of armour and seal (Karolus) of Charlemagne or Charles the Great, King of the Franks

Suit of armour and seal (Karolus) of Charlemagne or Charles the Great, King of the Franks, Emperor of the Romans
6338925 Suit of armour and seal (Karolus) of Charlemagne or Charles the Great, King of the Franks, Emperor of the Romans, 748-814 by Villain (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Pink Leggings

Pink Leggings
Peter Hammer

Background imageLeggings Collection: Striped Dress

Striped Dress
Peter Hammer

Background imageLeggings Collection: Childs Dress, c. 1938. Creator: Jean Peszel

Childs Dress, c. 1938. Creator: Jean Peszel
Childs Dress, c. 1938

Background imageLeggings Collection: Leather leggings worn by Peter L. Robinson, Sr. during World War I, ca. 1917

Leather leggings worn by Peter L. Robinson, Sr. during World War I, ca. 1917
Peter L. Robinson was an African-American who served in the First World War. A pair of brown leather leggings with leather strap and two buckle fasteners

Background imageLeggings Collection: Mato-tope or Four Bears, Chief of the Mandan people

Mato-tope or Four Bears, Chief of the Mandan people
6339115 Mato-tope or Four Bears, Chief of the Mandan people by Bodmer, Karl (1809-93) (after); (add.info.: Mato-tope or Four Bears, Chief of the Mandan people)

Background imageLeggings Collection: Jeune Venitien De La Calza (coloured engraving)

Jeune Venitien De La Calza (coloured engraving)
6016109 Jeune Venitien De La Calza (coloured engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jeune Venitien De La Calza)



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Leggings have a rich history that spans across cultures and time periods. From the traditional attire of Native American chiefs like Petalesharo II, also known as Man Chief, to the practicality of Northern Scandinavian girls braving cold weather, they have been worn by diverse groups for various reasons. In 1934, The Hiker & Camper showcased leggings as essential gear for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether hiking through rugged terrains or camping under the stars, these versatile garments provided protection and comfort. Even in Siena, Italy's Contrada Giraffa (Giraffe), leggings made a fashion statement. They complemented stylish outfits such as Marthe Carpentier's boxing attire from 1893 or a Pucci outfit from 1965. They were not just functional; they added flair to any ensemble. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest relied on leggings while fishing in the rapids of Washington Territory's Columbia River in 1871. These durable garments allowed them to move swiftly and navigate treacherous waters with ease. The significance extended beyond utility; they symbolized power and authority too. Sioux Chief Wahk-Ton-Ge-Li, also known as Big Soldier, donned them proudly as part of his regalia in Karl Bodmer's painting from 1833. Leggings even played a role during times of war. Guy Johnson, an Irish-born American military officer and diplomat in the late 18th century, recognized their practicality for soldiers on duty. During World War I in Devonshire, England, Land Girls known as Lumber Jills wore leggings while working tirelessly on farms. These hardworking women embraced functionality without compromising style. From ancient traditions to modern fashion trends, they have stood the test of time. Their versatility has transcended cultural boundaries and served different purposes throughout history – whether it be protecting against harsh elements or making a bold fashion statement.