Category Archives: Fashion History

Hanky Panky on Display at the Missouri History Museum!

Hanky Panky is honored to be included in the Missouri History Museum’s current lingerie-themed costume exhibition, Underneath It All. This exhibition explores the undergarments required to create the fashionable silhouettes of the late eighteenth through twenty-first centuries. As a lingerie designer and … Continue reading

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New Arrivals: Summer Afternoon

Celebrate Hanky Panky’s 35th Anniversary with our limited-edition “Summer Afternoon” collection. This collection is made from vintage hand-embroidered hankies, pure silk ribbon and ultra-lightweight 100% cotton batiste, and was inspired by the first Hanky Panky designs from 1977. The “Summer … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at a Fashion History Exhibition.

Friday, June 30 will be the opening of Putman History Museum’s exhibit Summer Afternoon: Fashion and Leisure in the Hudson Highlands, 1850–1950 in Cold Spring, NY—one hour and ten minutes north of Manhattan. This exhibit presents summer fashions and undergarments from the museum’s … Continue reading

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Kicking up our skirts for the 23 Skidoo Flatiron Flashmobesque!

Kicking off 23 Skidoo, 50 dancers kicked-up their skirts (exposing their Hanky Panky panties) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Flatiron building, yesterday! This “Flatiron Flashmobseque” choreographed by Shandoah Goldman, was inspired by the historical legend which coined the … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

I don’t believe Schiaparelli and Prada:  Impossible Conversations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be the blockbuster hit the Alexander McQueen show was, but that is not to say it shouldn’t be seen and enjoyed. The show opens with … Continue reading

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Stitching in Air: Handmade Lace

Being a lingerie designer, I spend a lot of time working with lace. The history and construction of lace fabrics is completely fascinating. While the overwhelming majority of laces today are made by machines, the earliest ones were entirely handmade. … Continue reading

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Rings of Steel: The Cage Crinoline

When one thinks of the fashions of the mid-nineteenth century, one of the first things that comes to mind is extremely full skirts, as worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind or Jo March in Little Women. These … Continue reading

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Print Trends

It used to be that prints were “a personal thing” and everybody had their own particular preference. This made it very difficult for designers, who felt they couldn’t satisfy anyone. Today, there is an exciting print craze with an explosion of … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Daphne Guinness

I recently had the pleasure of viewing The Museum at FIT’s exhibition dedicated to heiress, designer, artist, model, and “fashion icon” Daphne Guinness. The show starts with a short essay by Valerie Steele which includes Guinness’ famous quote, “We need … Continue reading

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

There are just a few more days to get yourself to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, if you haven’t already. This is an unusual fashion experience. McQueen was an artist as well as … Continue reading

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