Friday, June 25, 2010
When I first stumbled upon a listing for a Lucie Ann peignoir set, I was astonished at the asking price. Don't get me wrong, her pieces are a work of art and simply breathtaking, but I couldn't help but wonder why her label was so desired above other vintage names.
After some researching, I found that Lucie Ann Lingerie was founded by Lucie Onderwyzer in 1949. Located in Beverly Hills, CA, her glamorous nightgowns and lingerie were worn by Hollywood's glamorous stars such as Elizabeth Taylor. She designed all of the peignoir sets worn by Eva Gabor on the 1960's series Green Acres.
Lucie Ann designs are known for bold color and glamorous details, such a marabou trim, pompoms and rhinestones. They were sold at the upscale and exclusive Beverly Hills boutique, Claire Sandra of Beverly Hills.
After Lucie Onderwyzer passed away in 1988 (at the age of 75), Lucie Ann Lingerie was sold to Deena Lingerie Company. Deena Lingerie began producing the "Lucie Ann II" line in 1990. In 1996, Deena Lingerie, along with the Lucie Ann line was sold to Lady Ester Lingerie Company. Lady Ester is still manufacturing lingerie, including the Lucie Ann line, along with other well known names such as Val Mode, Perfectform and Wondermaid. Lucie Ann II Fashion sleepwear, leisure and lounge wear is sold today in major chain stores, department and specialty stores.
Bingo! Now it all makes since!
Monday, June 21, 2010
How to make a 'camisole'(in fact an early bra) out of a pair of handkerchiefs. It may be similar to the one made by the New York socialite, Mary Phelps-Jacob, - later patented by her, with a more complex form - in 1914. Almost certainly the model wears it over her shift for reasons of cinematic propriety. British Pathe archivist dates it to around 1921.