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Pre-Code Hollywood is seen by many critics as one of the greatest eras in American cinema, and while I’m certainly no movie buff, when it comes to fashion and costume design, I’m inclined to agree. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “Pre-Code” refers to films made between the introduction of sound and the mandatory enforcement of Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines (known colloquially as the “Hays Code”). Pre-Code […]

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Lingerie is both a necessity and an indulgence. For many centuries in european history, lingerie has aided women in shaping our bodies for the fashions of the day. We have been cinched in, uplifted, flattened, and padded all in the name of fashion. In my understanding, our expertise in lingerie today is shaped from a knowledge of our past and is what drives us into the future. Recently, I attended a […]

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Lace is one of my absolute favourite things about lingerie – I’m absolutely obsessed with it. Its transparent delicacy and floral intricacy are incomparable when it comes to lingerie fabrics – so it’s no surprise how heavily it’s used! However, as far as materials go, lace is pretty expensive, for a variety of reasons. In this article I’m going to give you a brief introduction to this wonderful fabric and hopefully […]

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Last week, I posted about my trip to the Lace Embrace Antique Corset Exhibition and Historical Fashion Show. Just before this year’s fashion show, Melanie Talkington, the founder of Lace Embrace, also did an antique lingerie dressing sequence typical of a woman during the Edwardian period. I filmed the entire thing on my iPhone, and now the video is up on YouTube to watch. It’s incredibly fascinating, and I hope […]

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Over the weekend, I had the immense pleasure of attending the third annual Lace Embrace Antique Corset Exhibition and Fashion Show. The exhibit and fashion show is a fundraiser for the corsetiere behind Lace Embrace Atelier, Melanie Talkington. You see, Ms. Talkington is not only an expert corsetiere with a client list that includes names like Dita von Teese and Cathie Jung, she also has the largest private collection of […]

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