You can tell a lot about history by its fashion, established by glamorous celebrities whose sartorial choices dictated trends for entire generations. However, we at Journelle believe that it’s not only what superstars wore that influenced pop culture, it’s what they didn’t wear as well…
Here we present to you our trip down memory lane, the looks that made us first fall in love – and stay in love – with lingerie:
1. Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
An ordinary white slip may appear delicate, but when worn by Maggie “The Cat” Pollit, it exudes a powerfully erotic glamour as inimitable as Ms. Taylor herself.
2. Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier Bustier (1990)
The shot heard ‘round the world was the sound of the Jean Paul Gaultier bullet bra corset worn by the one and only Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour.
3. Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to emerge in slow motion from the water only to be knocked over clumsily by a wave. Sadly we can’t all be Bond Girls.
4. Michelle Pfieffer in Scarface (1983)
While we at Journelle do not advocate the guns-and-drugs lifestyle of Scarface, we do support the wearing of opulent slips like the one worn by Elvira Hancock.
5. Farrah Fawcett’s Swimsuit (1976)
Before Baywatch, the red swimsuit that took America by storm was worn by one Farrah Fawcett, which managed to present itself as both wearable and suggestive.
6. Bettie Page (1955)
We have to thank Bettie for our adoration of all things leather, lace and fishnet, and for being a pinup girl who wasn’t afraid to play up the “sex” in “sex appeal”.
7. Playboy Bunny Costume (1960)
Bridget Jones may disagree with this choice, but the lingerie uniform that divided a nation has proven itself to be timeless, as provocative today it was back then.
8. Dita Von Teese Martini Routine (2000s)
Who, nowadays, is a bonafide lingerie superstar you ask? “Dita Von Teese,” we reply: part burlesque star, part modern-day pinup, all fashion icon.
9. Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science (1985)
Amidst all this talk about fancy textiles and frills and garters, cotton-clad superbabe Kelly LeBrock proves our hypothesis that less truly is more.
10. Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi (1983)
Your (and your boyfriend’s) first introduction to lingerie most likely came in the form of Princess Leia’s futuristic getup.