Looking At Classic Photos Of Opera Gloves, TikTok's Newest Hot Item

It's official: The kids are wearing opera gloves.

It's official: The kids are wearing opera gloves. According to a study published in the Guardian, internet searches for opera gloves were up 84% in the second half of 2021. The evening glove trend has become popular on TikTok, garnering hundreds of thousands of views under that tag.

While it remains unclear why the term "opera" became attached to them, evening gloves are present in paintings of aristocracy going back to the 17th century. They've been associated with disguise, intrigue, high fashion, and good manners. Either way, they have gone in and out of style many times over the years, and by all accounts, it looks like they're back. The trend of people wearing evening gloves on and off the app has been covered by Vogue, E, and Stylecaster. We looked back at some fun photos of the evening glove over time.

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A display of gloves by Cornelia James, a British glovemaker with a Royal Warrant of Appointment to the royal family, UK, March 1, 1996.

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Notables are at the opening of the Metropolitan Opera.

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Katy Perry performs on the opening night of her California Dreams UK tour at the Hammersmith Apollo on March 17, 2011, in London.

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Hungarian-born American actor Zsa Zsa Gabor as she appears in the film Moulin Rouge, in 1952. She is wearing a dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli. Right: her sister, Hungarian-born American actor Eva Gabor on April 19, 1967.

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Married American actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh at a formal event, circa 1955

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Entertainment in the Latin Quarter of New York City, 1957

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A woman taking a photo with a Telemaster Flash, London, circa 1980

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Left: a woman modeling evening black gloves, New York City. Right: Dinah Shore in the 1950s.

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Jamaican American fashion model, singer, and actor Grace Jones wearing a silver outfit with black evening gloves at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 1985.

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Christina Aguilera attends the 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 18, 2021, in Las Vegas.

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A group of young people dressed in New Wave fashions in January 1981.

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Left: English actor Anna Neagle, circa 1935. Right: fashions at the Longchamps Racecourse in Paris, May 25, 1913.

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Beyonce performs during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the O2 Arena on Nov. 5, 2009, in Berlin.

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Queen Elizabeth rides through London on her way to open Parliament.

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American singer, songwriter, and DJ Lady Miss Kier on the catwalk at an unspecified fashion show, location unspecified, circa 1990. Right: a woman wearing metallic face paint and sunglasses, with black evening gloves, a leopard-print jacket, and clear plastic trousers, holding a large Fiorucci ticket, replicating an advertisement for the Italian fashion label, circa 1975.

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Carly Simon plants a kiss on the cheek of Richie Garcia while Paul Garcia talks on the telephone.

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A still from Double Design Trouble with clients Vanessa Simmons, Angela Simmons, and Alex Bartlett

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Left: actor Jayne Mansfield. Right: an unidentified woman wearing evening gloves in a 1960s photograph.

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Beyonce attends the Met Costume Institute Gala on May 6, 2013, in New York City.