The History Of Lingerie: A Naked Truth

As the piece of fabric that covers your naked body, lingerie will always be synonymous with erotica and fascination. The first thought that comes to our mind whenever we hear the word lingerie is sexual prowess. The word itself implies allure and fashion, but the history of lingerie is much more than that.

 

The word lingerie comes from the old French word linge, meaning ‘linen‘. Traditionally, lingerie are made with lace or another lightweight, stretchy, smooth, sheer, or decorative fabrics such as silksatinLycracharmeusechiffon. These fabrics can be made of natural fibers such as cotton or silk or synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester.

The concept of lingerie revolves around visually appealing undergarment developed in the 19th century. Although a lot has changed in terms of the design of these intimate wears, one thing remains the same. They are meant to bring out the beauty of those who wear them. 

There are two types of lingerie: the hard lingerie that includes corsets, bustles, and structured bras, and the soft one, which consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns, and panties.

In the 1820s, the long-line corsets were popular for women. They are often worn underneath a dress to outline a woman’s shape. The long line corset extremely restricts a woman from moving, and it’s such a question how they managed to sit while wearing them. 

Thankfully, the long-lined corsets have evolved to a more convenient design, albeit still squeezing. 

In the late 1850s, The S-curve corset made popular in the early twentieth century, shaped the female body to perfection by pushing the breasts forward and arching the chest back to accentuate the hips. Although much better than the long-lined corsets and more flattering to the female figure, these Victorian corsets were still extremely constricting. Nonetheless, the beautiful, intricate designs enticed women with the financial means to shop for these intimate wears with as much care and thought as they did with their outerwear. 

In the 1890s, Frilly bloomers became a standard part of female apparel. They provide women with a more feminine and youthful vibe. The 1890s were also a year of crazy lingerie inventions, like the battery-operated corset that was deemed to strengthen internal organs, cure a weak back, and develop the chest. For ladies who want to push the limits, the “wasp waist corset” is the ultimate apparel. It extremely tightens the waist into an irregular hourglass shape. 

In the 1900s, the concept of wearing lingerie as outerwear worn as nightgowns became common. Bridal trousseaux always included sheer nightgowns, sometimes with low backs, that teases the bare body underneath the fabric. Trousseaux holds more value than giving pleasure during the

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wedding night. It is also a status symbol. An elaborate and extensive Trousseaux means the bride comes from an affluent family.

In the 1920s, women are introduced to Slips, sleek fabrics worn under dresses that are more comfortable than the corsets. The creation of the Slips was attributed to the changing ideal shape of the woman’s body from hourglass to boyish and straight. Due to the shift in society’s ideals, lingerie became more breathable and comfortable for women.

In the 1930s, women of the middle-class wore Open-Crotch Drawers. This type of underclothing began with a simple and innocent goal, to distinguish the women’s trousers from the men’s. However, Open-Crotch Drawers, later on, included a slit on the risqué part and became a symbol of sexual availability and erotic desire.

Of course, we know that fashion, just like history, has a habit of repeating itself. In the 1950s, the Corselets became a fad. They are like a tamer version of the S-Curve corsets of the 1800s designed to get worn under evening gowns. They were generally strapless and have underwire cups for breast augmentation.

Around the same time, French Luxury fashion designer Christian Dior released a “New Look” collection, which featured dresses, and coats with super-full skirts that formed an hourglass silhouette. The bust was also a notable part of the appearance, with bras wired and designed to push up and form cleavage against plunging necklines.

In the middle part of the 20th century, lingerie became a common part of the entertainment industries and are often seen in advertisements. Pinup advertisements of lingerie showing models posing provocatively were prevalent in the 1950s. Companies focusing on manufacturing these sexy wears have gone up too. In 1954, corset manufacturer Ada Masotti founded La Perla, a company that focuses on bright silks adorned with lace trim. She would place the luxury corsets in velvet boxes, like pieces of jewelry.

The 1960s was a much risqué and liberated era, with fashion designer Rudi Gernreich launching No-Bra in 1965. Lily of France manufactured the transparent brassiere. It promotes a braless look of the sexually liberated period.

In the 1970s, the lingerie industry is expanding with new players on the market. In 1977, Victoria’s Secret was founded by Roy and Gaye Raymond of San Francisco. This was a revolutionary period for lingerie shopping for Victoria’s Secret made affordable lace thongs and padded satin bras accessible to middle-class consumers in malls, making sexy lingerie more of an everyday thing.

In the 1980s, the classic lingerie styles came back again, with the one-piece teddy now recommended as sleepwear. Some women wear sexy lingerie beneath padded corporate suits to remind them of their femininity while they hustle.


The 1990s are among the golden era of lingerie. Big companies are battling to bring out the most intense sex appeal in ’90s lingerie. Supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Stephanie Seymour are among the faces that dominated the industry, especially with the inaugural of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 1995.

As the new century begins, the use of lingerie has become even more popular. Movie stars and singers are often seen incorporating them in their daily wears, red carpets, and big events. With the low-rise jeans and micro-mini skirts ruling the fashion scene, thongs became both a blessing and a curse. The G-strings became celebrities’ new best friend!

The early 2000s are filled with cringing fashion decisions mostly made by superstars, like wearing bustiers on top of a blouse, or wearing them as a complete outfit!

Gone are the days when women reserved lingerie for their partners for a private sensual rendezvous. These days, women are comfortable showing their bras in semi-transparent shirts or bringing them almost out in the open with low neck lined blouses.

In 2014, Kim Kardashian ushered in a new era of lingerie when she started wearing nothing but super-fitted bodycon dresses. Her love for lingerie has resulted in her launching her undergarment brand in 2018 called Skims. The reality star calls her company the “new, solution-focused approach to shape-enhancing undergarments.”

In 2015, the sheer fashion trend in lingerie is back with Riccardo Tisci sending models down the runway wearing completely see-through dresses with obvious underwear on display during the Givenchy spring 2016 show. Countless celebrities were also seen wearing sheer tops that show their bra underneath. Another lingerie trend in 2015 is the emergence of sporty-chic pieces, with models, influencers, and celebrities wearing athletic-inspired boy shorts and sports bras.

2015 also marked an important point in how lingerie are advertised. Big companies like Victoria’s Secret now include diverse models and celebrated different body types. The use of lingerie has become more common in men too. A 2015 survey in the US revealed that 75% of women and 26% of men have worn sexy lingerie in their lifetime. This is very interesting considering that the history of lingerie was often attributed to women. With the increasing popularity of using lingerie among men, we will no longer be shocked if companies will come sprouting like mushrooms to take advantage of this new data.


As the 21st century progresses, women across the world became more open to discuss sexuality, a subject that was often considered taboo in religious households. The influencer era has impacted how women see lingerie. With people now logged into Instagram, Facebook, and other social media sites, lingerie companies find it easier to target women with their ads, enticing them to browse through their assortment online.

For the conservative few, the internet has made it very easy for women to purchase intimate apparel. There is no more need to go to a physical store if they don’t feel comfortable getting seen buying their sexy gear.

In the 21st century, the expanding lingerie market offers different styles for every woman. Whether you want classic or fashion-forward, comfortable to overtly seductive, there’s a design created just for you.

 

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Interested in our research? No problem, here you go:

https://www.elle.com/culture/g25697/history-of-sexy-lingerie/?
https://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/g28532/evolution-of-lingerie/
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/exposed-history-of-lingerie.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingerie#:~:text=The%20word%20lingerie%20is%20a,linge%2C%20meaning%20’linen’

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