Over time, lingerie has helped to shape our society’s notion of beauty while, at the same time, telling us a lot about cultural issues and revealing our ideas of power, status and sexuality.
Lingerie fashion has a history of flipping between the painful and practical, to favoring boyishness or exuberant femininity. Bras were designed to flatten when the skinny flapper dresses of the 20’s required a deflated chest and in the 1500’s corsets caused women to faint in order to accentuate child-bearing attributes.
Lingerie has come a long way, now with a dizzying selection of undergarments that pad, tighten, contort, control or reveal the feature of choice. But there is always something beautiful about the mystery of what is hidden, and the lady who is classically covered. After decades of g-strings and push-ups we’re seeing the sensual, burlesque trend emerge and once again reconsidering our notion of beauty.