Category Archives: Fashion History

Coo coo cachoo, Mrs. Robinson

Why is animal print lingerie synonymous with sex? When I set out to tackle this profound question, Hanky Panky Senior Designer Larissa suggested I re-watch Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, paying particular attention to Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)’s clothes. Turns … Continue reading

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Hanky Panky History: A Lingerie Timeline

One of the things many people are surprised about is how long Hanky Panky has been in business. In fact, today marks our 38th anniversary! Here is a brief timeline featuring a few of Hanky Panky’s greatest hits and milestones. … Continue reading

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Glamour Puss

1940s pinups taught me a valuable lesson. Namely, that sexy can mean something other than rail thin and scantily clad. Hanky Panky’s Retro Lace Collection is inspired by lingerie popular during Hollywood’s Golden Age. What today might look like a … Continue reading

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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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