Category Archives: Fashion History

Layering With Lace

Every year, when summer ends and fall begins, women from New York to Minnesota ask themselves the same question: how can I dress warmly without looking like Randy in A Christmas Story (1983)? Years ago, Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s President and Creative … Continue reading

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Charles James: Chelsea Couture

When I first moved to New York City as a student in 1966, I serendipitously landed a room in the Chelsea Hotel. At the time, there were many luminaries from the arts who resided there and it was possible to … Continue reading

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Man Overboard! Fashion and the Breton Stripe

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel knew a good thing when she saw it. In late 1923, Chanel dined with the 2nd Duke of Westminster on the Duke’s yacht, the Flying Cloud, then moored off the coast of Monte Carlo. The Duke’s title, strapping … Continue reading

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A Ballet of Laces

Our new Swan Lace collection combines two distinct laces to dazzling effect.  But when it comes to ballet and lace, we admit to being upstaged by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), the premier choreographer for the Imperial Russian Ballet during the later half of the 19th … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) … Continue reading

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Paper, Please!

Scrolling through Pinterest last weekend, I came across this groovy 1960s photo of Argentine actress Marcela Lopez Rey rocking a Rhett Butler dress. Clark Gable was the sexiest man to ever live and being a classic movie buff, I had … Continue reading

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Lingerie with Jazz Age Rhythm

We’re caught up in the glamorous fashion of the roaring twenties, thanks to a certain cinematic adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby! With an established love of 1920s lingerie and lace, the design team has been inspired to create … Continue reading

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Lingerie Influencers

Throughout history, there have been influencers who transformed the world and changed the way that people live their lives, from the most famous, to the ones who stayed away from the spotlight. In the lingerie world, there have been key … Continue reading

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Klauber Brothers: Six Generations of Luck and Lace

Today’s guest post was written by Maya Klauber. Her family owns Klauber Brothers, a sixth-generation family business, and creators of Hanky Panky’s exclusive Signature Lace. “Your family does what?” is the usual reaction when people first learn about my family’s lace business. … Continue reading

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Art Deco Textiles

With hit shows Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire set in the Jazz Age, and a new interpretation of The Great Gatsby on its way, we’re feeling a twinge of nostalgia for the looks of the roaring twenties! At a recent visit to … Continue reading

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