Friday, January 4, 2013
Lingerie in Profile: 1950's Cut Out Brassiere
For today's post I wanted to share with you a vintage bra from Paris that I recently sold in my shop. It was one of the most unique and rare bras I have ever come across and I thought you might like to see some of the construction details that were used in it's making.
This is the only cut-out bra that I have ever seen outside of a Fredrick's of Hollywood catalog, and it's definitely more rare to find a vintage 1950's one. It still had it's original store tags and it was in perfect condition.
Firstly, the bra is lace that has been backed with a soft silk netting and then attached to a silk band, with silk ribbon straps.
The silk ribbon straps ended at the back with a small 2" length of more buttonhole elastic for comfort. (Not that one would be wearing a bra like this all day!)
The back closure was a very simple button on one end that would button into a small strip of buttonhole elastic at the other end.
I absolutely loved the beautiful contrast of the salmon-colored label.
The ribbon straps in the front formed a loop around the top of the cutout binding, making the strap slightly adjustable depending on how the wearer's girls might have pointed.
The seams in the lace were even backed with silk binding. Overall, this is the most perfectly constructed bra I have ever seen. Each detail seems to have been lovingly done with care.
And wow is it sexy! I don't think I would look very good in a bra that didn't really cover anything...not having much to cover in the first place, but it did get me thinking about the cutout design detail, which naturally led to a google search, and my finding this modern bra.
Which of course naturally led to the thought, "Well, I could make that!" This lovely little net and elastic version sells for about $90. How fun.
And how tempting to come up with my own instead.
As much as I love the full cut out look on a dress form, I don't think it's for me. But the modern take on it is quite lovely and I think I could pull that off.
How about you? Is there a lingerie style that you just adore, but would feel ridiculous in?