History of Lingerie

History of Lingerie | Angie's showroom

Did you know that the word “lingerie” comes from the French word linge, meaning linen? This makes a clear reference to the material that underwear was typically made from. Fans of Angie’s Showroom will know that, instead of linen, we use top-quality satin, silk, and lace for our custom-made lingerie. Lingerie first became popular during the age of the suffragette movement, which turned the tide in sexual politics. Evoking a strong sense of femininity, handmade lingerie was once a sign of social status, as very few people could afford it. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, and owning lingerie is a lot more inclusive (as it should be!).

By the 1920s, materials such as lace, chiffon, and crepe de chine were very popular due to how they mirrored the feel of idealized flesh. Appealing to the sense of touch evoked a new sensuality for women. Soon after, Theodore Baer invented a new lingerie item called the teddy, an item still popular today. Similarly, in the 1950s, underwear company La Perla created the slip, a now standard piece of lingerie.

After a decline in sales in the 1960s, high-end lingerie revived itself in popularity in the 1970s and has since increased exponentially. This revival was led by companies in the 1990s, such as Victoria’s Secret in California and British company Agent Provocateur, as well as smaller boutiques and lingerie showrooms such as yours truly!

So, you may be asking yourself, “Where can I buy exquisite lingerie that won’t break the bank?” Look no further than Angie’s. We are a handmade showroom that specializes in high quality lingerie, all of which is completely customizable. What are you waiting for? Check out our new collections!


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