Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Underwear as weaponry, art and stolen goods - a weird week in lingerie!

Stolen underwear collection


Shiori Pike is known as a photograph of lingerie and the blogger ‘My Lingerie Addiction’ although it’s been a while since she was blogging actively. Her photographic studio in Richmond, Australia, was broken into last Friday, and priceless lingerie was stolen.

It seems like a planned job, as the thieves covered the surveillance camera before entering the upstairs building and ransacking it. Ms Pike was originally not particularly concerned about the break in because she keeps no electronic equipment in the studio but it turned out that the place had been ransacked and a museum quality collection of lingerie had been stolen. Shiori, who has her own lingerie line, also called Shiori, has appealed for people to check for pieces that might be from her collection being sold online. The theft has had international ripples, as Dita Von Teese reached out to Shiori on Instagram to say how sorry she was to hear about the burglary.

Isis recruiters ask for underwear


One of the saddest recent stories is of the three young girls who flew to Syria from the UK to join the so called Islamic State. For most of us this is inconceivable and yet recent revelations about how they may have been groomed makes it clear that under the claims made by ISIS, there’s a current of sexual exploitation that is lurid and profoundly un-Islamic. 

How do we know this? Well, A TV reporter managed to convince a male recruiter for ISIS that she was a fifteen-year-old girl. He made contact with her on social media and told her that she didn’t need to speak Arabic as there were plenty of British ‘bros’ in Syria and then told her that she could stay with him until she became a child bride. He also told her that she should hurry up because girls were travelling out to Syria every day and in a final message when the supposed fifteen year old asked what she should pack, he told her ‘lingerie loool’. It’s a strange sidelight on the world of jihad.

Pimp your bra


An auction of 200 decorated bras talking place in New York will raise funds for the oldest breast cancer support hotline in the country. Our attention was caught by the welded bra designed by David Jones, made entirely of spoons and called ‘Appetite for Life’. Other bras in the collection include one designed by the granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, because her mother died of breast cancer when her daughter was just eleven years old.




We love the idea of bra pimping and we’ve been having a go ourselves. Of course most of us pimp our lingerie anyway with our choice of accessories, but taking it a step further and actually embellishing our underwear has been a revelation. Our tips, if you fancy this yourself, are to start with something simple and sheer - the Roza Frosa bra is ideal, especially as it has a matching brief or thong and hold ups to choose from. Then we’d suggest you pick a theme … we’ve had great success with wrapping animal print ribbons around bra straps, bedazzling our panties with rhinestones and attaching jewels to garters, but all three together would be too much of a mish-mash so pick one strong idea, colour or theme and run with it!

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