17.9.15

The Voyeur

I have a great interest in lingerie. So much so that I am planning to extend my interest into research for a dissertation, following an essay I wrote earlier this year about underwear and the feminine ideal. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Undress: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion exhibition, which I'm hopefully doing some voluntary research for. 
Lingerie shopping is one of my guilty pleasures, and using elements of underwear as outerwear is my current go to look, a style that appeared on the Givenchy S/S 16 on Saturday at New York Fashion Week, that you can read about here

I digress, the main point of this post was to share some pieces of nightwear I recently saw in Ann Summers. While my bra and knicker dreams lie with Agent Provocateur and Coco De Mer, my student budget stretches to Topshop and Ann Summers. I have a certain antipathy for bows and diamante on underwear. I think it looks cheap. I've found, in the past, that high street and lower priced underwear tends to adorn their bras and knickers with these in an attempt to feign luxury, when in fact it does the exact opposite. 

However, perhaps due to the fact that underwear as outerwear is becoming increasingly popular, high street lingerie seems to have undergone a sophisticated overhaul, or under haul rather. Gone are the, dare I say tacky, bows and diamante's, and instead mesh panelling, caging and sheer lace sans padding have replaced them. 

Ann Summer's have recently released their Autumn / Winter collection, and it consists of pieces like that described above, but also the introduction of pieces that could be adapted and worn as outerwear, but in a classier way than a peak of red and black satin under a shirt. The below pieces could all be worn, with an appropriate base, and still maintain an amount of class and elegance. The first one, in fact, will form the base of my Halloween / Birthday attire.



However, it was not the underwear that inspired this, rather longer than expected post. It was actually a pyjama set. The print caught my eye immediately, and despite being black and white, I'm still considering getting it. The set is called 'Voyeur', meaning someone who "derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others". At first glance the pattern appears to be an innocent victorian inspired illustrated print of people. Look closer however, as you can see in the images below, and the people are either partially or fully naked, engaged in sexual acts, both straight and same sex, group and solo. Really, who doesn't want a victorian orgy to decorate their sleeping or lounging attire? I loved the subtlety of the design, and the shocking realisation of what it actually is. The Voyeur set is still available online here








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