• Short Summary

    Fabulous footage of bejewelled stockings being made and modelled.

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    Uxbridge, Middlesex.

    C/U of a paintbrush being dipped into a pot of clear glue then daubed onto the heel of a bright red stocking. A jewel is applied with a pair of tweezers. L/S showing two women sitting at a table working on decorating stockings which are stretched over fake legs! Behind them is a display of their brightly coloured stockings stretched over display legs.

    C/U of one of the women as she concentrated on her task. Over the shoulder shot shows the woman at work, and the leg she is working on. She picks up tiny jewels with her tweezers. The innovator of this process is Gertrude Carmichael.

    C/U of a woman's legs as she walks down a catwalk. She turns to show the camera her sparkly jewelled stockings. The jewels are stuck on the heel of the stocking and a little way up the leg. She leans down to stroke her stockings (!) revealing that her glove is also patterned with the diamante. C/U of her hand as she moves it up her leg. M/S of elderly man wearing a beret who crouches over an easel painting designs for the stockings. He is painting miniature matadors. C/U of one of the tiny paintings. The design is copied directly from the artwork onto the stocking then decorated with jewels. The paint and glue used have been specially developed for use in this process and the recipes are a "studio secret". C/U of the matador design as jewels are applied.

    C/U of a woman's legs as she sits down. She wears stockings with a circular jewelled design. Extreme C/U of the sparkly design. C/U of another pair of legs modelling a different design, then of stockings featuring cocktail or champagne glasses. Wonderful!

    Note: according to paperwork this idea was originated by Miss Thompson-Carmichael in 1939. The women seen applying the jewels are Gwen Dopson and Mrs Jackson. The artist is Bert Price.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:33:00 / 01:53:15:00
    CP 005

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