Maybe it's because we're nostalgic romantics at Kuhmillion Lingerie, but we love to flip through fashion books about different eras. And since lingerie is our business, we often reference one of our favorite little illustrated gems, 1000 Dessous, A History of Lingeriepublished by Taschen. You can find it in any major bookstore or online and will be amazed at what you didn't know about lingerie from the past. To give you a little taste, we'll take you through a few eras and illustrate some of the big trends from the history of lingerie.
The thing that we must always remind ourselves, is that (western) culture and fashion is always steadily changing and sometimes big seismic changes happen suddenly. Often it is only when we look back that we identify iconic images and fashion that seem to define an entire era.
Lingerie is just a small part of fashion, which is itself just one part of the culture of any given time. It's like looking through a small window and seeing little hints of what everyone wore at the time. People were just as varied then as they are today, with very conservative men and women as well as counter-cultural rebels throughout society. 1000 Dessous is really great at illustrating the variety of lingerie styles from each era.
There's a lot more!