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Lingerie: A History & Celebration of Silks, Satins, Laces, Linens & Other Bare Essentials Hardcover – February 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Life's Little Luxuries
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; 1ST edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579121055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579121051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ENTICING.

DECADENT.

EROTIC.

SENSUAL.

Lingerie comes out of the closet in this fascinating journey through the history, meaning and pleasures of our most intimate apparel.

Since Eve donned a fig leaf, lingerie has always been part icon, part turn-on, part social indicator-and a potent symbol of the feminine mystique. It is indisputably one of "life's little luxuries," the delicious secret a woman carries with her everywhere, choosing to conceal or reveal it at her whim. Catherine Bardey takes a provocative and entertaining look at lingerie, from bloomers and thongs to Merry Widows and Wonderbras - and along the way, she provides lots of tips, facts and practical information designed to help you fill your dresser drawers with all of the "bare necessities" of life.

About the Author

Catherine Bardey has been a stylist for Elle, New York and French Vogue. She has written for Glamour, Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart's Living and other magazines. Her previous books include Secrets of the Spas, Making Soaps & Scents, Making Candles & Potpourri and Lingerie, all available from Black Dog & Leventhal. She lives in New York City.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keri on March 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book's text is dreadful. Incredibly wrong information, ridiculously mislabeled pictures including these "gems":

1)mid 1880's Fashion illustrations captioned as "Fashions from the 1850's as portrayed in Godey's Lady Book" (Having access to Godey's I can also vouch they are most certainly not from Godey's as well. They appear instead to be French- the high quality color printing gives that away.)

2)A Fashion illustration from the later 1820's is captioned "In the 14th century belts and sashes served as waist restraints, prefiguring the more severe cinching that would follow."

3)A circa 1750 fashion illustration is captioned "The 15th century farthingale was so restrictive it disappeared from Europe by the early 1600's"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jake Spooky on March 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This history is a pleasant little coffee table book, very light to read, and lots of photographs which people might refer to as "tasteful." I don't know how much I really learned about lingerie from reading this book, but I definitely enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pete.m on December 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunatly the elaborate descriptions and lack of reference to photo's make it difficult to "see" what the author talks about. The pictures in this are all very nice and most importantly I did learn. Thanks
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