Category Archives: Fashion History

The Modern Gal’s Trousseau

A friend of mine is getting married in June. Her mother and I, who happen to share a taste for 19th century chick lit (i.e., Anthony Trollope, Henry James and Edith Wharton), decided to resuscitate an old tradition for my … Continue reading

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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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Made in America

Labor Day is an outgrowth of the late 19th century labor movement, and the first Monday of September retains its central character as a day of national tribute to the contributions that American workers make to the prosperity of our … Continue reading

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Design Revolution

The Hanky Panky thong revolutionized the thong market. They did an amazing thing by creating a thong that looks really pretty and is amazingly comfortable.—Hope Greenberg, former Fashion Director of Lucky Magazine What I loved most about working at the … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Wear Your Signature Lace Bralette

Two of my favorite pop icons of all time—Rihanna and Madonna—have more in common than stadium voices, tough-and-tender lyrics, and wicked dance moves: they both taught generations of women how to meld personal style and kewl into new classics. Specifically, … 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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