It’s an opinion that’s not always popular in the lingerie community, but I believe there is no such thing as truly original design. Lingerie design, by nature, is limited. There are only so many ways to interpret functional underwear. However, in my eyes that’s not a bad thing. The history of lingerie design is incredibly rich and varied, and I love seeing how techniques and cuts reappear in contemporary design. […]
Today’s guest post is by Holly, a pinup and alternative model based in Toronto, Canada. She is also a lingerie lover and vintage collector. When not modelling, Holly is working on her undergraduate degree in cinema and media studies with a special interest in Hollywood costuming from the 1930s-1960s. She also enjoys snuggling her cats, drinking large amounts of coffee and watching movies.
I’ve been in the lingerie for around five years now; it’s not long in the grand scheme of things, but it means that I have seen A LOT of lingerie. As time’s gone by, I’ve found myself getting less and less excited by contemporary design. Capitalism demands that garments ultimately sell, so designers naturally face certain limitations in the materials, patterns and embellishments that they can use. It’s just the […]
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 […]
Glamorizing times of war always rubs me the wrong way; there’s nothing nostalgia-inducing about state-sanctioned murder and military occupation. But some remnants of these bygone eras are so charming, it’s worth looking past the sordid history to admire them for a moment. One example: these WWII-era satin lingerie sets. They’ve caught my eye for years, and I’m seeing them pop up more and more frequently online. Sold in the 1940s as a war-time […]