Lingerie are women’s fashionable and alluring undergarments. They are more to being simply under garments, but are fashionable and modern.
Visually alluring undergarments were introduced in the late 19th century. Corsets were replaced by girdles or brassieres. A major revolution in the undergarment designs happened after the First World War when women started feeling the importance of getting freedom from large and funky dresses like corsets and crinoline. Thus bras, which made the look wearer a slimmer look unlike the former under garments, made it big in the history.
As the 20th century progressed, under wear became smaller and smaller as the craze for size zero body started piercing the society.
Here are few stories on the evolution of different kinds of lingerie.
A bra or brassiere is an undergarment designed to support a woman’s breasts.
Bras are complex garments made of many parts and come in different sizes.
Women were traced to wear breast band, former version of bra from ancient Greece.
In the Western world, women were recorded wearing corsets, which pushed the breasts upwards.
The concepts of cups were totally alien when “Brassieres” were introduced first in the early 20th century in the western world. Later by 1937 “cups” and adjustable bands were lowly introduced into bras. By the end of the second World War, most fashion-conscious women in Europe and North America were wearing brassieres, and women in Asia, Africa, and Latin America began to adopt it.
1930s saw the introduction of sunbathing that attributed to the creation of minimal clothing that ended up in the creation of Bikini. Its functional considerations then took turn into the introduction of more decorative features.
Midriff exposure was the main feature of swim suits and the embarrassment in wearing it was slowly removed by the publicity of the Hollywood movies like Neptune’s Daughter.
“People were craving the simple pleasures of the sea and the sun. For women, wearing a bikini signalled a kind of second liberation. There was really nothing sexual about this. It was instead a celebration of freedom and a return to the joys in life.”
The American lingerie designer Sylvia Pedlar designed and produced baby dolls in 1942. The shortage of fabrics post world war reasoned to the introduction of baby doll- the sleep wears.
The name was popularized by the 1956 movie Baby Doll, that marked the beginning of the enduring popularity of the style for adults. In the 1970s through the 1990s, the bloomer bottom was replaced by closer fitting briefs with elastic waist and legs. The most recent versions of baby doll pyjamas have deleted the elastic on the legs, the bottoms being either shorts or tap pants.
A bodystocking is a one-piece skin-tight garment that covers the torso, legs and sometimes the arms of the wearer.
Today, the body stocking is much more worn as a piece of erotic lingerie. To shape up a female’s body, body stockings are used. This makes a female look more blend in any out fit.
G-string is a type of thong, a narrow piece of fabric, leather, or satin that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is sewn to a band around the hips. A G-string can be both worn by men or women. It may also be worn along with a swimwear, where it may serve as a bikini bottom, but may be worn alone as a monokini or topless swimsuit. G-strings may also be worn by exotic or dancers. When it comes as under wear, a G-string may be worn in preference to panties to avoid creation of a visible panty line, or to briefs in order to enhance sex-appeal.
‘G’ is believed to stand for ‘groin’. The Oxford English Dictionaryreports that the G-string was originally a narrow strip of fabric worn by Indian women. During the Depression, a “G-string” was known as “the gadget”, a double-entendre that referred to an all-purpose word for the thing that might “fix” things. During the 1930s, the “Chicago G-string” gained prominence when worn by some profound performers. The Chicago area was the home of some of the largest manufacturers of G-strings and it also became the centre of the burlesque shows in the United States.