Monday 29 February 2016

Luscious lingerie round up for February with

 Dita’s tips for lingerie

We don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough of Dita Von Teese. As the burlesque star who single-handedly reinvented the art for a modern audience, and as a style icon who ensures that the lingerie she wears is as much a fashion statement as a provocation, she’s taught us all how to balance everyday life with the glamour we seek.

In Vogue she gave some top tips that we found fascinating, particularly this one: Showing (and wearing) less can always be more. This is the beauty of lingerie! No matter what your personality is, you can be whomever you want underneath it all. I don’t bare much skin offstage; I like my hemlines below my knee, and I like dresses with shapely lines that might show a touch of cleavage, if any. My uniform” for seduction is a shapely black dress with French-heeled seamed stockings, sexy black pumps in patent or matte leather, and black leather opera gloves. It’s mysterious and sensual at the same time.

What a wonderful statement! We got some stunning seamed stockings if you’d like to attempt the Dita approach and the point about hemlines below the knee is fantastic because it means you’re not flagging up your seductive underwear, just gently hinting at it.

A dramatic glimpse of lingerie history

We wish we were in Houston to see this show! Lynn Nottage has written a fascinating play about the women who created lingerie in the early 20th century, before mass production became the norm. Drawing on items found in her grandmother’s possession, such as old clothing, photographs and magazines, this playwright has imagined how life might have been for a woman of her grandmother’s age, working as a young seamstress.

Isolation was the norm, the piecework was created without her ever meeting the women for whom she created negligees and other lingerie and she could only have imagined the lives they led, for which such garments were necessary. Women who worked in the lingerie industry have often been invisible, whether they were piece workers like the star of Intimate Apparel or designers who never received credit for their work or even the lingerie models who paraded the catwalks in the days before supermodels existed. This glimpse into the role of women, particularly women of colour, in the creation of the most extravagant lingerie, sounds like a real treat, and opens up a historical perspective on work, fashion and social relations that we’re always keen to explore. If the show ever comes to the UK, we’ll be in the audience!

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