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1950s monowire bras are one of Katie's favorite styles. Alas it's not possible for us to make a vintage style monowire at the moment but they have inspired our new X bra which is arriving later this month. In this week's article Katie shows you some of her favorite pieces.
Axfords Corsets News
Axfords Corsets is closing 4.17. Katie tells you her favourites so you can pick up a bargain in their sale.
Powermesh Demi Corset
Yay! Our Powermesh Demi Corset is about to make a (new and improved) return.
Our New X Bra
Arriving in early April, Katie tells you about the development of our new X Bra.
Where Are All The FF Stockings?
Why are our Fully Fashioned Stockings so hard to keep in stock? Although we order months in advance vintage machinery often causes delays. We explain all in this week's magazine article.
Stocking Storage on the Move
How to keep your precious nylons pristine while travelling. Katie shows you some of her adorable vintage stocking wallets as well giving you some tips on modern alternatives.
Who Makes Your Lingerie?
This week we're giving you a glimpse behind the seams and going into detail about where we manufacture and why.
Beginners Guide to Hosiery
What's the difference between stockings, hold ups and tights, and which are right for you? Plus lots of stocking styling inspiration on how to wear!
Lookbook - Bombshell Beauty:
Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe
Spring is coming, and who better to take inspiration from than the queen of vintage bombshell style, Marilyn Monroe herself?
Full Contrast FF Stockings
Full contrast and fancy heel types were made in the 1950s as a quick search of vintage stocking adverts on Pinterest will testify. Here we take a look at the story behind our Full Contrast Fully Fashioned Stockings.
Fancy Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings
Christian Dior in London
While we haven't been lucky enough to see 'Dior: From Paris to the World' in Denver (at Denver Art Museum until 17th March) we were able to visit another Dior exhibition, this time at London's Victoria and Albert museum.
Katie's thoughts on Christian Dior in London
New: Marilyn Monroe's Sling Bra
Find out how a Sling Bra belonging to Marilyn Monroe inspired What Katie Did's latest collection.
When Marilyn's Sling/Fling Bra was in the press we were asked if we were going to do our own version (her's went for $5,200 btw) and we finally have. It might have taken slightly longer than you expected though!
The story behind our Sling Bra
Waist Cinchers vs Corsets
We're frequently asked what the difference between Waist Cinchers and Corsets is, and which one is better.
Waist Cinchers: Our Waist Cinchers (and Waspies) are made from stretch powermesh and feature an internal elastic waist tape to accentuate your waist. As both fabrics are stretchy they move with you, stretching to fit.
Corsets: Corsets are made from non stretch fabric and the laces at the back are used to tighten to the desired shape.
This means that they give a far more dramatic shape than Waist Cinchers and Waspies but the downside is is that they do not move with your body.
Katie tells you her Corset Story
We're often asked if we're going to make bras inspired by the 1920s and 1930s. The answer is generally no, because bras were in their infancy then and the support offered was minimal. If you were a standard B cup then all would be well, but fitting an F cup would be out of the question.
Bras became more supportive in the 1940s: they had to be as women were doing more manual work due to WWII. The fit and structure advanced greatly during this decade.
Katie discusses 1940s Lingerie
Inspired By Louise Dahl Wolfe
Last year London's Fashion and Textile Museum hosted an exhibition on the photographic work of mid-century fashion photographer Louise Dahl Wolfe.
Louise was ahead of her time, and the first photographer to shoot models and celebrities away from the contraints and strong lighting of professional studios. Instead she often took them outside, taking more natural shots. Having said that, a lot of the pictures would still have been meticulously set up to look as if the model just happened to there: just like the Instagram stars of today.
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