The Story of Hot Lingerie

By Jack Wallington

It is nicely known that the feminine shape varies a perfect deal. History tells us that it has always been thus!

Throughout the ages, what's been trendy for the body of the girly body has gone from one extreme to the other. However, the charming feminine body has always been subject to what happens to be covering it and history shows us that it is been covered in most different ways. Also, different parts of the feminine form have been intensified, obscured, reduced, increased by the style of the existing fashionable adornments.

We've witnessed some unimaginable extremes, from devices that required a small army to coerce the unlucky model victim into, to the flimsiest, most whimsical mere flutter of a dress up. Let's take a look back in season at how sexy lingerie has developed and how it got to where it's today.

First of all, let's get some terminology sorted out. Thanks to the world's most amorous language, we now almost always refer to feminine 'underwear' as 'lingerie' - unless we're being derogatory in which case, depending on where you reside, you can fill in the blanks!

When we (at least us of the male persuasion) think of underwear, we think of a flimsy material embellishing the feminine body in a way that provides us a hint of the delights that lie below. But the 'first' underwear, probably from one of the Ancient Greek islands, was far different. These captivating Greek girl used a boned corset fitted tightly around the midriff, not for service or even for a 'slimming' effect, but to attract their men by showing their thrusting breasts in a most conspicuous way. Probably not what we would call underwear today but with much identical desired effect.

As time rolled on, the feminine shape took on fresh 'perfect' shapes dependant on the in thing. As each 'perfect' shape emerged, adornments were made and brought out to embellish and accentuate that sought shape. The culture of the society dictated whether the breasts, the bottom or both would be highlighted and revered. You could argue that nothing significantly has changed!

During Medieval moments it was concept that the natural form and shape of a female should be constricted and that the breasts have to be firm and small. This state of affairs was probably great for those built naturally that way however perhaps not for that reason good for those of a more ample construction. Many different sorts of corset were worn with the single purpose of flattening the breasts and/or the bottom. It has been said that, in order to draw consideration to that a part of the anatomy that shouldn't draw consideration, some women wore tinkling bells around their neck to remind the men folk of the delights that still lay beneath.

The 'modern' corset is attributed to Catherine de Mdicis, wife of King Henri II of France. She enforced a ban on broad waists at court attendance during the 1550s and had a questionable effect on lady for the next 350 years.

The Renaissance saw another change in the preferred girly shape. Women now required cone shaped breasts, flat stomachs and slim waists. In order to know this look, they also needed to employ maids or family members to clothings them because the cinching up of their corsets was done from behind and required significantly effort.

Due to this unnatural system of acquiring 'perfection', Doctors and other notaries manufactured the case that these corsets confined women's bodies so tightly that their internal organs were being damaged and their ribs were being permanently misshapen. Around that date it was regular for women to blackout or fall into a swoon. This was commonly put down to their delicate nature though, in fact, it was because they simply found it very hard to breathe! There are many accounts of woman dying because of fatal punctures to vital organs due to this practice.

In the early 18th century the whalebone corset still kept ladies tightly bound though the artistry that reflected the periods was painstakingly incorporated into clothing additionally, the corsets were decorated with charming ribbons, lace and embroidery. A part of this lightening up was the fact that it became fashionable for the breasts to be pushed upwards to the point of almost popping out.

Towards the end of the 18th century the corset was being worn by gentry, the burgeoning middle class and sometimes by nuns in convents. It was generally proudly displayed by its wearer for the reason that it was a visible outer item of dress at that period. In itself it was an object of beauty and ornamentation and its display was portion of social courtesy.

However, as people became more educated and aware, they started to question and critique sure things including art, politics and, you guessed it, in thing. Backed up by professional people like doctors, public opinion became such that boned corsets were actually outlawed in most countries.

By the early 19th century, a much softer approach to the feminine shape became stylish. The in thing still required the assistance that the old corset had given accordingly it returned with more intricate methods of construction. Boning was still used in small sections which allowed for easier and more comfortable movement.

The in thing at the period was for a more separated look for breasts and a corsetiere by the name of M Leroy (who developed the wedding corset for Marie Luise of Austria when she married Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810) developed a model which he called a 'divorce', allegedly because of the 'separation' integrated. The most crucial aspect of this perhaps, was the fact that female were able to dresses and undress themselves due to more intricate lacing methods.

During the 1840s the incredibly exaggerated shape for woman caused whalebone to produce a comeback with huge hoops and crinolines that were covered with all kinds of textile and fineries. Unfortunately for girl, it became the in thing to have waists little enough for a man to put his hands around and also the need for even harder waist-cinching became the girly nightmare of the day.

It wasn't long before hoops and crinolines were replaced by the fluffy 'S' silhouette. This style still used the corset however , added a bustle to the back creating an exaggerated posterior. Once again it was the women who had to suffer for in thing, needing to stand most of the season due to the cumbersome bustle on their posteriors. Obviously men found this appealing for the reason that it gave them more opportunities to stare at the hot women with their extensive bustles.

As more innovation came to in thing creation, greater varieties of corsets were brought out. During the morning, a lady will wear a lightly-boned corset for promenading, an elastic corset for riding sidesaddle, a boneless corset for a trip to the beach and a jersey corset for riding the woman penny farthing. The corsetry industry was in its heyday!

Towards the end of the 19th century the corset supported not only the breasts however also the newly designed stocking. Stockings were held up by garters and suspenders which were afterward attached to the corset. These devices, although a triumph of patterns, probably added yet another frustrating sizing to the in thing-conscious girly of the day.

By the beginning of the 20th century, corsets were being laced down as far as the knee. But many people didn't like that fashion, and in thing designers were leaning towards an uncorseted, more free-flowing style. Sexy lingerie was concerning to take a whole fresh dimension. With the advent of the industrial revolution, and the introduction of the sewing machine, Germany and France opened the first corset factories.

In 1910 New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob brought out a new type of brassiere. Not satisfied with the corset stiffened with whalebone which she was meant to wear under a new sheer evening gown, Mary worked with the girl maid to stitch two silk handkerchiefs together with some pink ribbon and cord. It was significantly softer and shorter than a corset and it allowed the breasts to be shaped in their natural condition.

Mary Phelps Jacob was the first person to patent an item of lingerie named 'Brassiere', the name derived from the old French word for 'upper arm'. shortly after, she sold the brassiere patent to the Warner Brothers Corset Corporation in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for $1, 500 (over $25, 600 today).

In 1917 the United States War Industries Board asked female to stop shopping corsets to free up metal for the production of war materials. This step released some 28, 000 tons of metal, sufficient to construct two battleships.

Allegedly the success of the brassiere is due primarily to The Great War. The Great War changed gender roles forever, putting many women to work in factories and wearing uniforms for the initial time. Women needed practical, comfortable undergarments. Warner went on to rake in more than 15 dollars from the brassiere patent over the next thirty years.

The other thing to consider in the downfall of the corset was that The Great War had taken its toll on the number of men. This meant more competition for finding a man for that reason women needed to look their sexiest!

With the Roaring Twenties and its sophisticated parties, in thing was turned on its head, the boyish gaze was in. The pursual of flat chests and stomachs along with straight hips and buttocks led to the creation of the liberty bodice, the chemise, and bloomers which were loose-fitting and light. For the first time pastel-colored underwear appeared to replace plain old-fashioned white. To enhance the boyish look the first brassieres were designed to flatten the breasts. What happened to the corset? The posterior part that held up the stockings was shortened and became the suspender belt.

The full-figured gaze came back in the 1930s. The feminine gaze once again became the in thing. Women were encouraged to look well-proportioned with a full-figure while remaining fairly slim in the hips. Now women had a entire set of lingerie to help with the image: breast-enhancing brassieres, elastic suspender belts, not forgetting the girdle, which kept all the curves in their designated location.

The 1930s too saw one of the biggest advancements in the lingerie industry when the Dunlop Rubber producer developed Lastex, an elastic, two-way stretch leather made from the excellent thread of a chemically up to date rubber called Latex. This could be interwoven with fabric which allowed the industry to produce underwear in a multitude of sizes to appropriately fit a woman's body.

The arrival of World War II and its shortages meant that Germany was unable to import the fabrics they had used before then and their industry failed. Forever inventive, people started making underwear knitted at residence out of materials to hand. Not the sexiest of underwear but at least they kept warm.

After the war lingerie consisted of conventional brassieres and suspender belts. This was acceptable to sure women but the teenage female, just coming out of the hardship of the war years, became a target market. These young lady couldn't wait to blossom into woman and wearing underwear was a perfect step towards achieving that goal. The German lingerie industry brought out underwear sets that appealed to these young girls and also the industry never looked back.

In the U. S., the underwear industry was trying to make something new and cutting edge. Women were bombarded with all kinds of undergarments and top apparel to help them gaze sexy. The film producer Howard Hughes brought out a fresh brassiere, a special wire-reinforced design for Jane Russell. This caused the censors throw a tantrum about miss Russell's breasts being blatantly exposed all because of Hughes' terrifically innovative brassiere improvements.

The 1960s was a bad decade for the lingerie industry thanks to the rise of women's emancipation movements. Feminists burned their brassieres and sure lingerie manufacturers were forced out of business. However Lycra had just been developed and female began to wear tight-fitting leggings. The iconic in thing item of that decade but, was arguably the sexy little mini-skirt and the demand for bikini briefs. Famously, for a scant moment in season, topless swimsuits and topless outfits were the rage. But, unfortunately for most men and fortunately for the in thing industry, they were easily a 'flash-in-the-pan'!

The 1980s saw the wire-reinforced brassiere become the number one greatest seller. While these are still very popular today, the best seller at the moment is the push-up bra. Statistically the average ladies from the USA owns six brassieres, one of which is a strapless bra and one is a color other than white.

The modern feminine shape varies and is not as susceptible to model trends as in previously. However, the charming sex may always looks breathtaking in sexy, slinky lingerie!

So, there we are. From the push-up corsets of ancient Greece to the push-up brassiere of nowadays. Sexy lingerie? Nothing ever actually changes!

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