12.07.06

Lingerie: Seventeenth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Fashion, History at 1:11 am by Rosepixie

LingerieI don’t quite agree with the list of lingerie “must haves” in the back of this book.  First of all, it’s missing things like slips and hosiery.  I can see why they might leave out hosiery, but there is no reason for slips to not be on this list – especially since one was listed in the body of the book as “Lingerie Must Have No. 3″.  Besides that, there is a problem, in my view, with what they consider as necessary to own in terms of bras.  They say one should have several of “the comfortable bra”, but also list about half a dozen other random types of bras one evidently must own.  Shouldn’t all of one’s bras be comfortable?  Sports bras are different, sure, but beyond that forget it.  There’s just no reason for it.  Wear your comfortable bras with everything or you dress up too much!  Besides, strapless bras largely suck, so buy a bustier instead if you need one.  That’s it.  Maybe they got money from Victoria’s Secret for the list or something (although, their bras suck, don’t shop there).

12.03.06

Lingerie: Sixteenth Post (The Future)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:53 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThis book is extremely odd.  Their predictions about the future seem somewhat illogical and contradictory.  Bardey describes new “futuristic” bras with gold zipper things that let you create more cleavage, hologram bras, even nickel-plated bras, and then she says that the new millennium will be about underwear that is unseen, not obvious and secret.  How are gold bow zippers, holograms or nickel-plating subtle or suggest “invisible” in any way?  I totally don’t get it.  If she had described microfibers, seamless panties, anything, I might have understood, but as it is (pictures of silver tops with boxes set into them and girls dressed in bras and skirts made of balloons like circus balloon animals) I just don’t get it!

12.01.06

Lingerie: Fifteenth Post (1990s Trends)

Posted in Fashion, History at 1:47 am by Rosepixie

LingerieI really don’t remember corset training being a “thing” in the 1990s.  Wonderbras, yes; corsets as the bodices of evening gowns, yes; corset training in everyday life, no.  Maybe in parts of Europe, but somehow I doubt even that, and every other part of this book has focused pretty squarely on what happened in the United States unless it’s particularly noteworthy (and then labeled as happening elsewhere).  It just seemed out of the blue to me and odd.  Oh well, maybe I missed it or maybe she’s making a mountain out of a molehill.

11.30.06

Lingerie: Fourteenth Post (Madonna)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:32 am by Rosepixie

LingerieMore Madonna!  Bardey really seems to want to give Madonna an awful lot of credit for lingerie trends.  It’s kind of scary.  At least the one picture in this chapter that was not of Madonna was of very 1980s lingerie on a model.  Still, there was more to the 1980s than Madonna and power suits!

11.26.06

Lingerie: Thirteenth Post (The 1970s)

Posted in Fashion, History at 6:33 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThe chapter on the 1970s was excellent.  It had pictures of different types of lingerie, good descriptions and plenty of background and history.  The story about the first sports bra was funny and very much like the story about the first bra!  I wonder what both looked like, though.

Lingerie: Twelfth Post (Pictures Again)

Posted in Fashion, History at 3:20 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThe chapter on the 1960s had the same problem with images that the chapter on the 1940s had. This book is really interesting, but without useful images the references in the text make little sense much of the time. It’s very confusing! Pictures of Twiggy and people in catsuits are fun, but have little help to offer in trying to learn about period lingerie. Knowing what people wore is important, but if you only get four pictures per chapter at least two or three should be of lingerie – that’s what the book is about!

Lingerie: Eleventh Post (Cone Breasts)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:54 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThe 1950s were a strange decade for lingerie.  It really was all about the small waist and cone shaped breasts.  Why pointy breasts?  That seems so strange!  It often just looks weird!  Breasts aren’t cone shaped!  And damn does the writer of this book like Madonna’s cone corset!  She refers to it way more often than is necessary and it really just seems weird!

11.25.06

Lingerie: Tenth Post (Lack of Pictures)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:46 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThe chapter on the 1940s covered the importance of practicality and the influence of rationing well, but glossed over the pin-up girls and such.  They also mostly showed pictures of fully-clothed women working, which doesn’t give us much of an idea of what what their lingerie actually looked like.  I understand there probably aren’t many period pictures of women in lingerie, given the circumstances, but pictures of the garments themselves would have sufficed!  It wasn’t that long ago, some must still be around or be easily replicated at this point!  Words are good, but it’s hard to picture a garment from just words!

11.19.06

Lingerie: Ninth Post (The 1930s)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:13 am by Rosepixie

LingerieThe 1930s was an important decade for lingerie, it seems.  Probably as important as the 1920s.  It’s when the idea of letting a woman’s body just be what it is was finally seen as sexy (more or less) and the idea of women having differently sized and shaped bodies, thus requiring different sizes and types of undergarments, was first really explored.  Crazy!  And all that while no one had any money!

11.16.06

Lingerie: Eighth Post (Breast Types)

Posted in Fashion, History at 12:33 am by Rosepixie

LingerieIt seems so strange that the concept of women having different breast types as well as sizes should come as a revelation, but I suppose that if most women’s breasts had been squashed by corsets all the time it really could be a whole new observation.  That said, I’m glad that they observed it!  I appreciate being able to get bras that fit well (very occasionally and at high prices, which sucks, but still…).

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