Over the past few weeks, I have sifted through some of the 40 years of Hanky Panky on paper. Line sheets including every style ever made, newspaper and magazine clippings have documented much of Hanky Panky’s history. There are so many special Hanky Panky moments in our archives; below are a few that stood out to me for the fun and flirty images, as well as the interesting backstories.
This is a page from the Spring 1978 line sheet—all hand-drawn by Hanky Panky co-founder and creative director Gale Epstein. It includes the sketches of a corsetlet, tap pant, bra, and undies made from three different styles of handkerchiefs—embroidered, printed, or a menswear plaid/stripe.
And here is one of our photos of the actual outfit that same season!
This here is a page out of the Holiday 1978 line sheet—a bra and bikini, waistcoat, half-slip, and “skimmer.” Below it, are the waistcoat, half-slip, bralette and bikini modeled in a 1978 Victoria’s Secret catalog—back when they were an independent retailer!
Going through 40 years of the Hanky Panky archives has been a journey through fashion history, and taught me about the inspiring and pioneering designs Gale Epstein and Hanky Panky have contributed to the lingerie industry. Creativity and innovation have been the heart of Hanky Panky since its inception in 1977.
Cheers to 40 more years!