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Vintage Lingerie – Oooh, La La!
There is nothing quite like a beautiful piece of vintage lingerie to make a woman feel special! Some of the silk and satin negligees from the 1930's and 1940's could double as evening gowns today. Much of their appeal comes from the cut of the luxurious fabrics—the bias cut made famous by French designer Madeleine Vionnet who was known as the “queen of the bias cut.” Cutting the fabric on the bias, or diagonal to the grain, allows the fabric to drape sensuously around the feminine form while moving with the wearer.
Lingerie from that era was all about celebrating the female body and creating sex appeal. Some of the more famous items from that time period include the bullet bra and the baby doll nightgown.
The Bullet Bra
Bullet bras, or cone-shaped brassieres, first made their appearance in the early 1940's. They were generally constructed of nylon or satin and had reinforced circular stitching. They lacked padding or an underwire but still provided exceptional support and “lift.” They were also known as torpedo or cone bras. Having debuted during war times, the term “bullet bra” is assumed to have come about because the shape was reminiscent of a torpedo.
Some women actually ironed their bullet bras and others were known to stuff the very tips. The bra is responsible for the shape of the famous “Sweater Girls” of the era like Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner and Jane Russell. Maidenform, in particular, was known for its bullet bras—they sold 90 million of their Chansonette model between 1949 and 1979.
Perhaps one of the most famous bullet bras was the one worn by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990. It was designed by Jean Paul Gauthier and reportedly sold at auction for $14,200.
The Baby Doll Nightgown
A Baby Doll is a short nightgown (falling between the upper thighs and the belly button) often in a sheer or translucent fabric. It is differentiated from the “shortie” nightgown by virtue of its sexiness. It is often trimmed in lace, ruffles, bows or marabou feathers. It generally comes with matching panties.