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10 Fabulous Pictures of 1920’s Women’s Erotic Underwear – NSFW Photographs

Following the previous post, here’s some of the most amazing and naughty pictures featuring erotic lingerie fashions of the 1920’s – NSFW. Enjoy!

by  Jacques Biederer
by Jacques Biederer
 Yva Richard
Yva Richard
Yva Richard
Yva Richard
Corsets were shown in most erotic pictures.
Corsets were shown in most erotic pictures.
1920's Risque.
1920’s Risque.
1920's fetish photography.
1920’s fetish photography.

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Yves Richard
Yva Richard
Yves Richard
Yva Richard
Yves Richard
Yva Richard

1920’s Women’s Underwear Pt. 2

LINGERIE AND EROTICISM

Until 1930, eroticism took up residence in that magical place between stocking-top and knickers. in the strip of bare skin glimpsed when a woman crossed her legs or got out of a car. “That fold of flesh”, comments Jacques Laurent, “calls to mind a bracelet, if not indeed a shackle. And it signals a region of the body defenceless to the waist, or better still, all the way to the breast, given that dresses and slips are rarely close-fitting”. (1)

by Jacques Biederer, 1920s
by Jacques Biederer, 1920s

Next on the scene were the sensible French “Petit Bateau” knickers. These were pure white, made of ribbed cotton, and might be seen if the wind were right. (1)

French c.1920s photo postcard.
French c.1920s photo postcard.

But women who wore little or nothing beneath their dresses held little or no appeal for fetishists, or indeed for manufacturers. It was a temporary setback. As always, when fashion lacks imagination, designers take their inspiration from the past. In this case, it was nostalgic memories of the black lacy underwear worn by women of the night, and the frilly knickers of French cancan dancers. This marked the return of the “Coucher d’Yvette” and Victorian underwear. (1)

Yva Richard, 1920s
Yva Richard, 1920s

The corset also became retro in style, worn by dominant women. (1)

Here Yva Richard Collection belonging to Alexandre Dupouy, author of Yva Richard - L'âge d'or du fétichisme, 1994.
Here Yva Richard Collection belonging to Alexandre Dupouy, author of Yva Richard – L’âge d’or du fétichisme, 1994.

Yva Richard also featured as the “trade mark” of a shop near the Opéra in Paris which, in the 1920s, sold sexy lingerie and was visited in secret by daring middle-class women. One of the first mail-order organisations, it sent out fetishist catalogues which showed the voluptuously underclad Yva as soubrette, exhibitionist, sailor, rider and school girl – catering, in short, for all tastes. Alexandre Dupouy Collection (1)

Yva Richard, 1920s
Yva Richard, 1920s

Source:

(1) 1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie by Gilles Néret, 2003

1920’s Women’s Underwear Pt. 1

Women’s lingerie had now been scaled down to the “bare” minimum: bra, knickers and suspender belt. (3)

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Old-fashioned corsets had long been criticized by women’s activists and even doctors, who claimed they were not only uncomfortable but also unhealthy. Nevertheless, corsets were marketed throughout the 1920s and were still regularly purchased, particularly by older women. Over time, though, less burdensome corsets and lightweight rubber girdles gradually supplanted traditional lace-up, boned corsets. (1)

Glass Half Plate Image of a woman modelling a Mercedes corset for the stay and corset maker Miss Byron Corsets. Published in Ladies' Field. Maker: Bassano Studio Production Date: 1922-03-31
Glass Half Plate Image of a woman modelling a Mercedes corset for the stay and corset maker Miss Byron Corsets. Published in Ladies’ Field. Maker: Bassano Studio Production Date: 1922-03-31

By the end of the decade, many women dispensed with “foundation garments” altogether, instead opting for the brief new “step-ins” or “cami-knickers”, which were light one-piece undergarments that amounted merely to a silk or rayon camisole stitched to a pair of thigh-length panties. (1)

Vintageerotic postcard - model wearing cami-knickers.
Vintageerotic postcard – model wearing cami-knickers.

Most brassieres manufactured during the 1920s were intended to flatten rather than accentuate women’s breasts. These cup-less brassieres, also called bandeaux, were made of cotton, silk, or rayon, and fitted snugly against the woman’s body in order to smooth her silhouette under the straight narrow dresses of the day. Some bras during the mid-to late-1920s, however, were deliberately designed to separate and lift women’s breasts. In 1922, Ida Cohen Rosenthal developed (later renamed Maidenform). These “uplift” brassieres often featured elastic inserts and were widely advertised as preventing the bust from sagging. (1)

Ladies Antique Lingerie Advertising, 1920's
Ladies Antique Lingerie Advertising, 1920’s

Combinations were a favourite form of underwear in the 1920s. They were made of coloured crepe-de-chine, silk or artificial silk and were often decorated with embroidery and lace. (2)

Fifi D'Orsay, 1920's
Fifi D’Orsay, 1920’s

In the late 19th century, the négligeé was a lightweight dressing gown or house coat which could be worn when entertaining close friends. Women of the Roaring Twenties made it into a completely frivolous undergarment. Until the end of the 1920s, the négligeé or déshabillé remained – with stockings – the sexiest piece of lingerie in a woman’s wardrobe. This was because the women who wore them looked as if they were indeed déshabillées: all but nude. (3)

Flapper Nancy Nash, Silent Film Actress, in Negligee and Undies, circa 1920s
Flapper Nancy Nash, Silent Film Actress, in Negligee and Undies, circa 1920s

Sources:

(1) The 1920s (American Popular Culture Through History) by Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber, 2004
(2) The Feminine Ideal By Marianne Thesander
(3) 1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie by Gilles Néret, 2003

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