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Irresistible: The Art of Lingerie, 1920s-1980s

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Irresistible: The Art of Lingerie, 1920s-1980s

Desire Smith

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Slip into something more comfortable as you peruse this comprehensive overview celebrating the art of women’s underwear and lingerie. In this elegant display of vintage, collectible lingerie in satin, lace, silk, and chiffon, experience the evolving designs of modern lingerie from 1920 to 1980. From sweeping changes of a woman’s role in society to the technological advances that produced a spectrum of new colors and range of textiles, the form and style of lingerie has undergone a significant transformation. Photos, sketches, and vintage ads tell the story behind the designs for bodices, negligees, pajamas, nightgowns, bed jackets, girdles, garters, and more. Ideal for collectors, costume designers, fashion designers, and fashionistas.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 462 color & b/w images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764339301 | Binding: hard cover


Desire Smith is an instructor of History of Costume at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University.