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Left: Poirette, bra, nylon lace, 1949, USA. Christian Dior, petticoat, nylon net, taffeta, and horsehair net, 1951

Right: Cadolle, girdle, satin, lace and elastic, c1930, France

This is one of my most unique and treasured vintage lingerie items – a late 1940s Barbizon Taffeta slip in a grey-blue shade.   The features are sublime – side zipper, ornate lace bodice, lace shoulder straps.  Taffeta is a fabric with no stretch whatsoever, so you have to get the size just right.  I lusted after this slip for years once I saw it in the advertisement on the right.  I thought I hit true pay dirt when I saw it listed online for not much at all.  But I’ve also seen quite a few others like it over the past few years, so they’re still available.   

For those who can’t see what the advertisement is saying, here it is:  Barbizon’s New Taffeta is nylon and orlon that will rustle, rustle, and rustle forever– that never needs an iron!   Lovely miracle fabric that makes you feel so pampered and pretty – that underlines your Fall wools without static or cling.   Famous Body-Contour slips and petticoats from $5.95 to $10.95.   

Sometimes I think I’m the only person on the planet that really gets into these vintage lingerie items.  I guess on the one hand that makes it easier to acquire them, but makes it harder to share the joy and satisfaction about them.