Synopses & Reviews
The retrospective of lingerie through the ages offers the admirer and wearer fashion tips by example for making these bare essentials look great so you can feel great. Lingerie is part icon, part turn-on, and an international symbol of feminine mystique.
Author and former fashion stylist Catherine Bardey takes a tasteful and entertaining look at the history, iconography and appeal of women's underwear, from bloomers and emancipation and the evolution of underwear. From the confining corsets of the Edwardian era to the conical shaped bras of the 1950s to the sheer, supportive shapes of today's lingerie, styles have changed dramatically through the decades, influenced by cultural changes as well as sports and the entertainment industry.
Lingerie is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs, illustrations, advertisements and ephemera.
A provocative and entertaining look at the history, iconography and appeal of women's underwear, from bloomers and thongs to Merry Widows and Wonderbras.
A provocative and entertaining look at the history, iconography and appeal of women's underwear, from bloomers to thongs and from petticoats to wonderbras.
Lingerie comes out of the closet in this fascinating journey through the history, meaning and pleasures of our most intimate apparel.
Since Eve donned a fig leaf, lingerie has always been part icon, part turn-on, part social indicator-and a potent symbol of the feminine mystique. It is indisputably one of "life's little luxuries," the delicious secret a woman carries with her everywhere, choosing to conceal or reveal it at her whim. Catherine Bardey takes a provocative and entertaining look at lingerie, from bloomers and thongs to Merry Widows and Wonderbras - and along the way, she provides lots of tips, facts and practical information designed to help you fill your dresser drawers with all of the "bare necessities" of life.
About the Author
Catherine Bardey has been a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She has written for Glamour, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart's Living and other magazines. Her previous books include Secrets of the Spas, Making Soaps and Scents, Making Candles and Potpourri and Lingerie, all available from Black Dog and Leventhal. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
IN THE BEGINNING (20)
THE VERY EARLY YEARS (31)
CORSETED AND CAGED (39)
THE ULTIMATE CINCHER (51)
THE CRINOLINE (79)
CHEMISES, PANTALOONS and UNDERDRAWERS (89)
THE TWENTIES (101)
THE THIRTIES (109)
THE FOURTIES (117)
THE FIFTIES (127)
THE SIXTIES (137)
THE SEVENTIES (145)
THE EIGHTIES (153)
THE NINETIES (161)
INTO THE MILLENNIUM (171)
LINGERIE MUST- HAVES (177)
THE CHANGING SHAPE OF WOMAN (181)
FOOTNOTES and BIBLIOGRAPHY (191)
PICTURE CREDITS (192)