Your Lingerie Reading
Intel awaits on the fascinating subject of lingerie. And, perhaps, even more interestingly, on “lingerie and you.” Jane’s Vanity investigates and finds a pretty collection of new, almost new, and vintage lingerie books for your perusal.
In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie by Cora Harrington, 2018
The author’s blog, “The Lingerie Addict,” has set the standard for writing about our favorite topic. Her new book is just as well-done: thorough, inclusive, practical, and beautifully illustrated. Keep it on hand for easy reference.
Lingerie (Instant Experts) by Marilisa Rocco, 2013
Rocco’s breezy style just suits this trim little book, the size of a breast pocket. You’ll feel like an industry insider as you absorb the abundant tips, annotated lists of stellar lingerie resources, and useful illustrations.
Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/ Fetish and the Art of the Teese by Dita Von Teese, 2006
Enjoy Dita’s sparkling voice, in two books in one, as she describes her glamorous world via photos, history, intimate secrets, and fashion highlights.
Hidden Underneath: A History of Lingerie by Farid Chenoune, 2005
No list would be complete without an offering from French publisher Assouline. Its collaboration with historian Chenoune includes color and black-and-white fashion photos that trace the changes in women’s lives and clothing throughout the 20th century. Love the Helmut Newton cover photo of Catherine Deneuve.
The Great Book of Lingerie by Cecil Saint Laurent, 1986
Difficult to find, but worth the search. A (very large) gem of a photo essay. Extensive historical background, from ancient times forward, is enhanced by art, seldom-seen fashion photos, and the illustrative work of such greats as Rene Gruau.
Indulge in a little research, dear reader, dressed in lovely garments from your Editor in Chief, Jane’s Vanity!