When strap-on calves were all the rage

21st November 2003 at 00:00
Fashionable men in the 1770s became so obsessed with the shapeliness of their legs that they developed artificial calves with which to bolster their natural assets. Pads of cloth, strapped to the back of the leg and worn below the tight breeches that were all the rage, gave the impression of what a contemporary comedy dubbed the "military leg".

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