Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

I was fortunate to attend ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria and Albert Museum’ that ran until 12th March 2017. I was equally fortunate to pick up some wonderful reading material including ‘Underwear Fashion in detail’ by Eleri Lynn.

Whilst there is much informative reading; and an abundance of delightful photographs and illustrations to admire, I would like to focus on the chapter entitled ‘Fastenings’.

More specifically I would like to focus on the following: ‘Suspender belts were introduced in the 1870s…They remained a common feature of foundation garments into the 1960s, when the invention of tights and elastane (spandex) rendered them obsolete.’ The author goes on to say that ‘Suspender belts and stockings are now generally seen as sexy, seductive items…They add retro glamour to modern undressing, and an element of performance.’

Whilst there is an element of truth in these statements I would like to firstly challenge the use of the word ‘obsolete’ (defined as ‘no longer produced or used; out of date’) and propose that this is factually inaccurate.

(Suspender Belt Harlow Nouveau L2137 priced at £37.50 from https://www.whatkatiedid.com .)

Secondly; although stockings may be regarded as ‘sexy, seductive items’, the tone of the statement suggests to me that their modern day place is generally limited to the bedroom.

In a recent Twitter poll by @PoppyStockings 50% voted that they wore stockings on a daily basis with only 16% saying that stockings were limited to ‘sexy nights’.

Whilst the poll was limited; and we are unable to determine its accuracy as a representation of the population, I would suggest that the results are more attuned to today’s wearing of stockings and suspender belts than the above book suggests.

As a lover of vintage and vintage style clothing I concur with the following quotes.

Thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

Cx.

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Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick inspired by the glamour of our wonderful friend Giada @DarlingLeGlam…

…who recently acquired this adorable late 1930s frock from @londonvintage @Pop_Up_Vintage.

Giada’s love of this piece is understandable for many reasons; although it is the fitted bodice that is of particular appeal to us at @Rations2R_n_R, ideally showcased with a basque underneath…

…similar to that worn by Sophia Loren in ‘The Millionairess” (1960), that beautifully accentuates the bust, waist and hips.

From http://www.thebracloset.co.uk ; a basque described as ‘bridal’, although we feel a garment that is a necessary component of every woman’s lingerie wardrobe (link below *).

Silhouette Paysanne Bridal Basque – Pearl featuring Jacquatronic lace embroidery, hook and eye rear closure and comes with removable multiway straps and four adjustable suspenders. Paysanne provides uplift and nips in the waist. Cups A-F. Priced at £42.50.

Cx.

* https://www.thebracloset.co.uk/silhouette-lingerie/SI4056PER36F.html

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She is clothed in strength and dignity.

From the earliest days of women striving for equality our fashion has not only evolved but has also reflected society and, particularly, our status within it.

The 19th Century saw the emergence of the bustle; used to expand the fullness, or support the drapery, of the back of a woman’s dress to keep the skirt from dragging.

(http://trulyvictorian.com)

Although the origin of the corset may be traced back to the 16th Century; and the women of the French court, the corset was still the foundation on which women’s fashion was constructed throughout the 19th Century.

(WARNER BROs CORSET ad.)

Despite organised campaigns for women’s suffrage starting to emerge in the 1860s the era was one where women were primarily viewed as mothers and housewives.

The restrictive nature of fashion mirrored the restrictions placed on women by Society.

(Poster by Hilda Dallas, c.1912)

As the United Kingdom suffrage movement evolved, and led to votes for some women in 1918, and all women in 1928 women’s fashion also allowed women a new freedom.

(Actress Norma Talmadge)

The flapper fashion of the 1920s, and it’s slim boyish silhouette, required lingerie to be lighter and less restrictive than earlier decades; including the ‘modern’ brassiere…whose ‘invention’ is usually credited to Caresse Crosby. Finding the ‘traditional’ whalebone corset to be unsuitable for her evening gown she asked her maid to ‘bring two handkerchiefs, pink ribbon, needle and thread and some pins’…and the rest is history.

With our focus on vintage style fashion we are both pleased and honoured to welcome Giada @DarlingLeGlam as a guest blogger.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Why is glamour and, in particular, vintage style glamour so important to you?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Glamour… honestly I’ve never thought about glamour or being glamorous myself until people around start complimenting me. I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandma as my mum was a full time worker. I have memories of her getting ready for the day in such an accurate way. It didn’t matter if we had to go to buy groceries or to meet someone. She looked perfect at all times. I think this is were I took my inspiration from. She taught me that you can still look good regardless what you have to do. In terms of vintage glamour, that came a little later. I started getting interested in old family stories, particularly about a far cousin that I never had the chance to meet. She was a singer and she was beautiful, looking stunning in each picture. That took me to start researching about the past, and I couldn’t stop loving it! I just felt that this is where I belong.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Which decade is your favourite, in terms of its fashion, and do you have one individual item of clothing that you especially favour?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). My favourite decades are late 30’s and the 40’s. But to be honest it’s not only about fashion. To me those decades have seen the real strength coming out of women. Considering the crucial historical moment, with the war, with the rations, with losses, women rolled up their sleeves and started working to support their men. And despite that, they managed to look gorgeous.

Talking about a special piece, I don’t have a specific one! I love buying vintage pieces because of the story behind. I get lost thinking about who was wearing it, why, which occasion, was that a gift?! And this is why I love all of my treasures the same way.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Who is your vintage style icon and why?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Again, I’m helpless. I have at least 2 or 3 icons. I’d lie if I don’t admit that Rita Hayworth is my top favourite. She had everything: beauty, class, charm, glamour. “Gilda” has been my favourite movie since the first time I watched it! On the other hand, I always wished to live a love story as Lauren Bacall did with Humphrey Bogart…such a dream! And for style…well Hedy Lamarr is a huge inspiration. Style wise she definitely was and is an icon.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Do you feel that today’s women can learn from the fashion of our mothers and grandmothers?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). I do feel that today, for many reasons, women have gone too far. Let me explain: I’m obviously proud of what we have achieved in terms of equality, rights etc. But at the same time I feel that we went a little too far in the way of fighting for it. I don’t know if this is clear yet…I don’t need to show my body off to obtain a good job, nor not to shave to demonstrate I’m strong. Women in the past were strong as we are, if not more. At the end of the day don’t forget that we have what we have because of them!

It was recently reported that, based on current projections, it will be a hundred years to achieve gender pay equality. To be honest @Rations2R_n_R promotes a neutral stance when it comes to any matter with a ‘political’ flavour. However we are very proud of our contemporary vintage sisters who recognise our past whilst being modern empowered women who freely choose fashion; whether it be contemporary or vintage. We thank and celebrate you all…with special thanks to Giada for her invaluable contribution. (Giada’s blog may be found at https://www.darlingleglam.com/ ).

Cx.

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Double, double toil and trouble. 

Alone in the house; or so she had thought, the only sound was her footsteps on the kitchen floor. 

As she opened the refrigerator door, to quietly ponder its contents, out of the corner of her eye she saw a mysterious black shadow that moved silently towards her across the floor…causing her heart to miss a beat. With Halloween only a few days away, and suddenly too frightened to breathe, she told herself that she had to look down so that she may witness the terror at her feet. She wanted to scream but her fear would not allow it. 

Had a demonic being escaped to unleash hell on earth? 

(Gil Elvgren (‘Riding High’ 1958)). 

Was it a witch that had left her cauldron bubbling nicely in search of human ingredients? 

Slowly she lowered her head in trepidation.

“Oscar…!”


Happy Halloween from @Rations2R_n_R.

Cx. 

Who is your vintage style icon?

Who is your vintage style icon? A question posed by Sparkle O’Hara in their competition mentioned in our blog post https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/who-is-your-vintage-style-icon-tell-sparkle-ohara-to-have-a-chance-of-receiving-a-personal-dose-of-sparkle/.

With much consideration I have; perhaps unusually although I hope with valid reasons, selected a fictional character in Joan Holloway from Mad Men portrayed by Christina Hendricks.

The 1960s saw many women chosing to raise their hemlines to almost indecent lengths and ditch the more restrictive lingerie and hosiery of the 1950s. 

Contrary to this trend Joan continued to wear her traditional corsetry and fashion that reflected the earlier decade…

…this floral pencil (wiggle) dress being an example.

As a ‘person’ Joan projected herself as a strong and confident woman. She was actually very vulnerable and it is these flaws that appeal to me as we each have our own.

It is however her 1950s style; build on a foundation of the corsetry of my favoured fashion era, that has led to my selection of Joan Holloway as my vintage style icon.

Cx.

#sparkleoharaboutique #bringbacktheglamour #1950s @SparkleOHara

“Who is your vintage style icon?” Tell Sparkle O’Hara to have a chance of receiving a personal dose of sparkle. 

My blog post collaborations have given me a number of wonderful opportunities to connect with many energetic and fascinating #womeninbiz. 

A question that I like to ask is about the women; either contemporary or historically, that have provided inspiration. 

I am therefore delighted to see that Sparkle O’Hara are running a competition; running through to 11pm 29th September 2017, in which they ask “Who is your vintage style icon”?

In an event that will be filled to overflowing with sparkle Fiona; from Sparkle O’Hara, has provided a selection of the fabulous items that can be chosen by the lucky winners.

FIRST PRIZE – A private and personal shopping appointment “Sparkling Sparkles” at the Sparkle O’Hara boutique in Willesden Green, London and a vintage/vintage inspired dress worth up to £100. This includes a private showing of all Sparkle O’Hara dresses, fitting and selection with a bottle of Pink Prosecco or Sparkling alcohol-free alternative.

We have a large selection of dresses for occasionwear – silk..hand-beaded…vintage from 1950s onwards…new vintage inspired…glamorous…elegant…cocktail dresses…prom dresses..ballgowns…the list goes on! A number of these dresses are priced at £100 or under. Upon visiting the boutique, the first prize winner will be shown a number of dresses at a private and personal consultation. They can then select their perfect dress.

Navy satin halterneck evening gown with pleated skirt – £95. 

Short silk hand-beaded cocktail/party dress – £90. 

50s style party dress, swan motif with sweetheart neckline – £65.

We have a number of dresses priced above £100 up to £300. If our first prize winner would like to select one of these we would deduct £100 from the price.

Silk pleated gown and shawl perfect for cruises, holidays or a special party – £120. 

Jovani crystal encrusted ball gown with train – £165.

SECOND PRIZE – A pair of vintage inspired semi-precious gem earrings worth up to £50 to be selected at the boutique.

Sparkle O’Hara also offers a wide range of vintage inspired jewellery to go with your perfect outfit. The jewellery is sterling silver and set with semi-precious gems such as topaz, ruby, sapphire, citrine, and emerald as well as some stunning polished crystals such as rose quartz, carnelian and chalcedony. Second prize will be a pair of semi-precious gem silver earrings priced at up to £50. The second prize winner can choose from a range of earrings at their visit to the boutique.

Stud silver earrings set with citrine – £50. 

Topaz, citrine and amethyst silver drop earrings – £50. 

Stud silver earrings set with sapphire -£50.

THIRD PRIZE – A £25 gift voucher. 

This can be redeemed in a number of ways. Our third prize winner could use this to deduct money off a dress or jewellery of their choice and we also have some beautiful accessories such as hats, gloves and 100% tibetan wool scarves.

100% Tibetan wool shawl – £25.

Entry is via Twitter @SparkleOHara, Instagram @Sparkleohara, or through Sparkle O’Hara’s Facebook page with full terms and conditions available on http://sparkleohara.strikingly.com/. 

Sparkle O’Hara tell us... “We will announce our Prize winners on 1st October 2017. We will contact prize winners directly and
arrange a mutually convenient time and date for them to visit us. Ideally we would love to host our winners at the boutique however we are mindful of those that might not be able to make it or may require special assistance. We will endeavour to support people to visit or select a suitable dress
remotely should they need.”

@Rations2R_n_R sends our best wishes to each entrant and thank Fiona and Kirstie of Sparkle O’Hara for allowing us to share details of their fabulous competition.

Cx.

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A dress that’ll bring you to your knees. Black velvet if you please. 

Welcome to today’s vintage fashion pick.

From http://www.melamela.co.uk (link below *).


1950s Vintage Wiggle Dress by Blanes Black Velvet with Ruffled Neckline. The dress is sleeveless, and is fitted at the bust, waist and hips in the classic style of the wiggle dress. The dress fastens at the back with a zip. Hips 34″. Bust 34″. Waist 28″. Measures 33″ from underarm to hem.
Cx.

* http://www.melamela.co.uk/1950s-vintage-wiggle-dress-blanes-black-velvet-ruffled-neckline.html#.Wb0qX0HTWEc


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