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Lingerie : A celebration of silks, satins, laces, linens, and other bare essentials
Bardey, Catherine, 1963-
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New York : Black Dog, [2001]

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192 pages : illustrations ( some color) ; 25 cm
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GT2073 .B37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Catherine Bardey was a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 10
In the Beginningp. 20
The Very Early Years
A Brief Run-Throughp. 31
One Step Furtherp. 36
Corseted and Cagedp. 39
The Ultimate Cincherp. 51
The Crinolinep. 79
Chemises, Pantaloons and Underdrawersp. 89
Chemisesp. 93
Pantaloons, Bloomers and Underdrawersp. 95
The Twentiesp. 101
The Thirtiesp. 109
The Fortiesp. 117
The Fiftiesp. 127
The Sixtiesp. 137
The Seventiesp. 145
The Eightiesp. 153
The Ninetiesp. 161
Into the Millenniump. 171
Lingerie Must-Havesp. 177
The Changing Shape of Womanp. 181
Glossaryp. 184
Footnotes and Bibliographyp. 191
Picture Creditsp. 192