March 7, 2008 |
OPATOWEK, Poland -- Victoria has no secrets in this Polish town. In an exhibition that's making some Poles do a double take, the Museum of Industry in Opatowek has chronicled the evolution of women's underwear from the knee-length knickers and tight corsets of the early 20th century to the skimpy thongs of today. "Undergarments were pretty much kept well out of sight in the old days," said Ewa Sieranska, curator at the Central Textile Museum in Lodz, which loaned 140 items to the exhibit "From Pantaloons to G-Strings."
June 22, 1986 |
She's been a nagging wench, a sexy housewife and a miserable dieter with carrots growing out of her ears. The parts may be comedic, but the player, Laura Summer, is as earnest as her best-known character, the trainee of Hanes' merciless underwear inspector, Inspector 12. The trainee is perky and directed. "I want to follow in the steps of F. Murray Abraham," said Summer, sipping Diet Cokes on a quiet Sunday afternoon at the Improv, her frequent hang out.
August 17, 1999 |
Thirteen-year-old Katie Riggs is not allowed to wear mascara and isn't really going on dates, but she doesn't think twice about sashaying through the mall with--heaven forbid--her bra straps exposed. Grandma, cover your eyes: Bra straps are cool. The undergarment whose absence once symbolized rebellion has returned in a most visible way. After cropping up in New York and Los Angeles several years ago, the exposed strap has become a national phenomenon among under-30 women, fashion experts say.
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May 22, 1993
Stephen Maul was caught with his pants down. The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary Friday after leading Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on a brief--but memorable--chase at a mobile home park about 9:45 a.m. He was wearing two bras, pantyhose and a black skirt, all apparently stolen, deputies said. Maul of Canyon Country allegedly entered three mobile homes at the Parklane mobile home park on 20401 Soledad Canyon Road and stole several items of women's underwear, Sgt.
January 6, 2008
In the early '50s, I was a Korean War vet, attending college and supplementing my income as a male model in Chicago ("Tears and Roebuck," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, Dec. 9). I was one of those "underwear" guys, appearing in the Sears catalogs. There is a reason that the male models in the print ads appear to be eunuchs. All male underwear models were required to wear dance belts under the briefs or shorts being modeled. When worn, this impossibly snug garment obscured any bulge the model possessed.
April 5, 2001 |
Thongs--once the badge of exotic dancers and girls from Ipanema--have become so mainstream that 19 million North American women are wearing them and Kmart bins are overflowing with the skimpy undies. Now lingerie marketers are trying to bolster the trend by pushing women to show off the underwear as outerwear.
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June 10, 1994 |
A former youth soccer coach pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony burglary charges stemming from the discovery of a plastic bag in his attic that contained underwear belonging to several girls who played on his team. Luis Castellanos, 19, of Montbello, faces seven counts of felony residential burglary and 12 counts of receiving stolen property for allegedly breaking into 20 homes in the La Crescenta-Tujunga area and stealing panties and money.
January 4, 1985 |
Two well-known designers of menswear express varying opinions on what's right today in the following interviews reported by Fashion85 staff writers Betty Goodwin and Mary Rourke. During his honeymoon last fall on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Lee Wright sunbathed in men's cotton underwear. Not just any underwear, you understand, but fuchsia bikini underwear, which Wright designed himself, using his own body, as he puts it, as "a barometer of comfort."