History of lingerie
Lingerie is a category of women’s clothing, including at least undergarments sleepwear, and many robes. Lingerie thereby specifically implies that the garments are alluring, fashionable, or both.
The concept of lingerie is thus a visually appealing undergarment that came up during the late nineteenth century.
Lady Duff-Gordon of Lucile was a pioneer in developing lingerie that freed women from more restrictive corsets.
Stays or whalebone corsets were everyday wardrobe staples for “proper” women of the eighteenth century. These undergarments thereby don’t look like the bustier-corsets of today, but they were essential in molding the ideal body form: a tiny waist and pushed-up breasts. Corset (Stays)/Silk, Silk Ribbon, Whalebone was common in Europe.
Corset, Late (1800)
The S-curve corset, popular in the early twentieth century, pushed the breasts forward and arched the chest back to accentuate the hips.
Sheer Nightgown (1900)
Bridal trousseaux always involved sheer nightgowns, sometimes with low backs, that more than hinted at the bare body underneath. Trousseaux were thus popular for the pleasure of the wedding night in the USA.
Corselets, thus designed as evening gowns, were generally strapless and featured underwire cups for breast enhancement.
Victoria’s Secret (1977)
Victoria’s Secret by Roy and Gaye Raymond came up in San Francisco in 1977. When Victoria’s Secret entered the market, it thereby brought affordable lace thongs and padded satin bras to middle-class consumers in the familiarity of their own malls. Thus they made sexy lingerie more of an everyday thing.
The one-piece teddy was popular as sleepwear in the 1980s. Additionally, classic lingerie styles thus became popular again, after going out of style in the mid-1960s.
Career women who wore menswear-inspired power suits with giant shoulder pads to work often worn sexy, lacy underwear as a reminder of their femininity.
Agent Provocateur (1994)
In 1994, Agent Provocateur opened its first shop in London—a combination of sexy, retro-inspired lingerie with designer price points and aspirations.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
Angelina Jolie wore a costume latex dress, making her the ultimate femme fatale. As if that wasn’t already established before. The dominatrix-inspired ensemble, to complete with fishnet tights thereby whimsically softened by pastel pink bows.
Lingerie Legislation (2005)
The Virginia House of Delegates voted 60-34 to ban the intentional display of below-the-waist undergarments “in a lewd or indecent manner.” The bill’s sponsor thus believed that it was a “vote for the character.” Luckily, the bill came down to a state Senate committee, but it thereby demonstrated the widespread belief that clothing had moral implications.