Happy Underwear DayGranny Panties Throughout HistoryChristine Flammia08.05.13Happy Underwear DayGranny Panties Throughout HistoryGranny panties are, surprisingly, popular again. In celebration of National Underwear Day—Monday—here’s a look back at their evolution throughout time. Christine Flammia08.05.13 8:45 AM ETCarlos Alvarez/Getty Images; Chaloner Woods/Getty Images; Thomas Concordia/WireImage; Hulton Archive/Getty Images Granny panties are making a comeback. They’ve graced countless recent runways and magazine covers; they made an appearance on Rihanna’s world tour—and were even Miley Cyrus’s bottoms of choice on a recent trip to Good Morning America. According to a recent report by Fashionista, sales of high-rise undies have doubled in the past few years—rising from $79 million in 2010 to $197 million in 2012. From Catherine de Medici to the Marc Jacobs runway, a look back at the evolution of granny panties. DeAgostini/Getty ImagesThe Underwear PioneerKate Middleton isn’t the only royal to have revolutionized the global fashion scene. In the 1500s former queen of France and avid horse rider Catherine de Medici wanted a way to comfortably ride her horses without anyone sneaking a peek up her skirt. She popularized the idea of ankle-length panties, which served as a perfect under-layer for skirts and dresses. Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesBloom Bloom Room In the mid-1800s women’s-rights and underwear activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer popularized the idea of pantaloons, using the comfortable, unrestrictive fit as a symbol of feminism. Due to her association with the undies, the long panties became better known as bloomers. Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesBrief Chief Actress Adah Isaacs Menken gained fame by defying social conventions, specifically while playing a role in the melodrama Mazeppa in the 1860s. Menken played a man's role, wearing sparse amounts of clothing. She wore granny panties in this scene and, later on in the show, simply wore skin-colored stockings, which from the audience's point of view appeared to be nothing at all. Sasha/Getty ImagesThose Roaring ’20sA model in the 1920s bared nothing but a silky top and underwear, which hit scandalously at the knee. Raymond Kleboe/Picture Post/GettyFeminine FrillsActor and model Ann South left everything to the imagination with long, lacey pantaloons in 1947. George Marks/Retrofile/GettySilk DrawersA scantily clad woman paired hers with nothing but a matching brassiere and pumps in the 1950s. Chaloner Woods/Getty ImagesNighttime KnickersFull-coverage panties, designed by Slenderella, paired with a feminine nightie proved the perfect sleeping outfit in the 1960s. TV TimeGranny panties even made their way to the small screen. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth matched their undies in Sex and the City, Laura Prepon dropped her drawers on That ‘70s Show, and Ellen DeGeneres gave Diane Keaton punny underwear that had phrases like “Thongs Are Wrong” and “These Ain’t Your Granny’s Panties” printed on the back. Thomas Concordia/WireImageTighty WhitiesGranny panties turned high fashion as Abbey Lee Kershaw modeled mesh-paneled high-rise undies for the spring 2010 Alexander Wang fashion show. Carlos Alvarez/Getty ImagesMadonna-InspiredApparently high-waisted underwear can double as bottoms. Rihanna ditched real pants in favor of a pair while on tour in Spain in 2010. Vogue KoreaKerr's UnderwearMiranda Kerr wore a pair on the July 2013 cover of Vogue Korea. Catwalking/Getty ImagesDesigner Drawers Granny panties made an appearance during the Marc Jacobs 2013 spring fashion show. Ray Tamarra/Getty,Ray TamarraMorning Glory Miley Cyrus paired her diaperlike duds with thigh-high boots after filming Good Morning America in New York City in June 2013. The oversize boots and the undersize pants begged the question, do two half pants make a whole?